Manuscript for "Nobody's Girl"

Manuscript for “Nobody’s Girl”


Since I have finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to get to back to the book I’m still intending to be ready for publication this year…  Thought I’d share my basic steps for it now.  I’ll expand on the stages as I go through them with the book I’m editing now.  It’s the process I used to edit my book last year, and it worked well.  So, here we go!

  1. Rough draft
  2. Initial read-through
  3. Highlight modifiers and dialogue
  4. Cut out as many modifiers as necessary
  5. Break up into scenes
  6. Read each scene independently–asking “does this move the story forward”?, “is this scene complete as is?”, “is this scene well written,” etc.
  7. Remove unnecessary scenes
  8. Add missing information/scenes
  9. Second read through
  10. Build dialogue/internalization from narrated stuff
  11. Third read through
  12. Fourth read through
  13. Submit to proof-readers
  14. Fifth read through
  15. Take comments from readers and edit as needed
  16. My own proof-reading
  17. Final read through aloud with corrections



Just Jade Inspired–NaNoWriMo 2013



Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing.  At least when you’re me.  I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing.  And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.



If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them.  Or go to Wikipedia and look some up.  Or google images search.  Or Pinterest.



I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones.  So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.



Final Steps in NaNoWriMo Prep

Image courtesy of Pixomar /

Image courtesy of Pixomar /

The book is chosen.

The characters are named.

The location is set.

The story is roughly outlined.

The calendar is mapped out.

The writing space is ready.

I have a lovely scented candle to get me started.

Yummy green and white tea awaits the mug.

And my friends know that I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year.

Now, it’s time to finish up preparations.  Today, that means making the writer’s playlist.  And since I’m going with another “For the Love of Music” series book, I get to choose music that reminds me of the artists/bands in the book.  Real life artists list their influences.  My fictional ones get to as well.  And while they may not influence the actual style of the music in the books themselves, the artists inspire the characters, lyrics and storyline as we go along the NaNoWriMo road.

So, it’s time to sort through the artists/bands I’ve got on deck, and choose their best works.  After that, I create three playlists.

  1. Nostalgic/Emotional
  2. Upbeat and/or happy
  3. Chill/relaxed

Now, here are the bands/artists in the NaNoWriMo 2013 playlists:

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2013



This year, NaNoWriMo will be more challenging than ever for me. I will no longer be employed solely as a writer/non-profit worker setting my own schedule this year. So my process will be rather different this year. Especially as I am also moving out of the State in the first week of November. All the more reason to be more prepared than usual before November 1st hits this year.

In the midst of packing up my entire life, filming my first movie (as director/actress/singer), applying for jobs and many happenings in my personal life, NaNoWriMo preps will be challenging. So, I’m starting today.

My process this year:

  1. choose book to write this year
  2. research and choose character names
  3. research and choose location for story
  4.  outline gist of book
  5. set a generic calendar for completion for NaNoWriMo writing
  6. prep work space for days leading up to move
  7. keep a work space prepped and clean for writing once I move
  8. get some scented candles, matches, etc. ready for writing times
  9. get a few more yummy tea flavors for writing sessions
  10. tell closest friends that I’m planing to do NaNoWriMo this year and get their encouragement


Well…here goes.  Step 1.  Best of everything to all the other NaNos this year as you prepare!