Note taking while writing

I was sitting on the chair with the Packer VS 49ers game on the Television.  It was a great time, for the words flew from my hands.  I couldn’t type fast enough it seemed.  The only problem is, I don’t get that feeling all the time.  Usually at that time on Saturday night I am ready to go to bed, but no I continued to write.  I don’t know if it because of my note taking I force myself to do after each time I write.


The story might change but I preplan the story, keep notes and ask myself where do I want to go from here.  So after last night this is what my notes looked like  minus anything that would give the story away.



01/12/13 10,297 Saturday[O1]  (look below for comments)

Wrote 1767 on Saturday night at 20:30 watching the packer game. This was a well thought session.[O2]
Successfully wrote:
the meeting of the white unicorn
trying to correct hisnew wife (pairing) life
Seron = (1/2 part)…..Sorry can’t spill the beans
Great sense of smell, speed, and hearing. (threw axe, beheaded rabbit)
Also confused on the change
Ryou = (1/2 part)…..Sorry can’t spill the beans
Great sense of smell, sight, hearing, speed, strength and gut feeling (First to sense the danger in the village
Got sick at first change
First to bow to the unicorn
Are the girls unicorns?[O4]




Now sometimes I will add what I want to happen next, but since that will give my story away I didn’t keep it in here.

 [O1]Date, total words per book and day.  To keep track of words

 [O2]How many words did I write.  What was on, how much thinking did take place or was it pure writing

 [O3]Character notes

 [O4]A question to ask my beta readers

Published in: on January 13, 2013 at 09:21  Comments (1)  

How ideas become novels

So I am sitting in the office, waiting for something to happen, when I decided maybe I should write a post.  A post that might help writers, or wanna-be writers.   So what is the difference, between being an author and wanna-be?  The only thing I see is the drive, the drive to write, to finish a book.    Like a friend always tells me when I get off topic, “Shut up and write.”


Now some might say that being self-published does not give me the right to talk about it, but to them I just say shut up, unless you are one of my favorite authors, then I say shut up and write because I am waiting for the next story from you.


Really though, that is not what I am wanting to talk about.  As I run a local writers group, I wanted a topic that they could read to see what and how I come up with the millions and millions of ideas.  By the way I jot them down in a folder with the idea anytime I get one so I don’t forget it.  Usually they end up being combined with other ideas because they are similar or because they would work well together.  For example, an idea I had is sort of a cross between pixies (yes tinkerbells) and zombies.  (Think tinkerbell dressed in Goth clothes controlling people by eating and hiding inside their brain.)


Now, though I had another story pop in my brain, I would like to share how it came too since that is always the question on non-writers mind.


I was just was walking down the hallway, when a bitter chill whipped through my body.  I literally said damn.  Then it hit me, what would happen if a fire breathing dragon felt the same feeling.  (Since in my mind Dragons would use magic to look like humans to not be disturbed as much)   I continued on, and then I asked myself, okay so the predicted end of the world didn’t happen, in which the dragon would have been laughing about for the humans were so dumb on thinking that, what would he be doing.


I figured he wouldn’t have a job, because well he is older that old and is richer that Richie Rich (remember the movie, yeah…)  So I don’t know if other writers do this but it just comes natural too me, perhaps cause of my security job or because I just like to know things, but my mind goes to overdrive in questions about the dragon, where he lives and etc.


I figure if I wanted to know about him, so would my readers, hopefully.  I really don’t care if I write this story just to have it for me to read later on in my years, for friends and family or if I get it published.  Don’t get me wrong, when you get published it brings a whole new excitement, but I really just enjoy playing with my imagination.


So since this idea just came too me, not really sure where, but it came I can’t really discuss the character more, but I do know he is traveling, trying to find something, something that is very important.   He might be trying to find the cure to that chill, why did he feel that, or just maybe he will end up in the pixie story, and again maybe not.


Since though, I am currently writing a story back with Feudal Japan similarities I won’t force myself to really think about it.  I know I will make a folder for it or a sheet with what I thought about now, even if it is just a character sheet, because you never know where I might hear him shouting or throwing fire at me.

Published in: on December 24, 2012 at 07:41  Comments (2)  

2 days off are over

I took 2 days off from writing to do some personal things.,  Now I am back, my brain is partly focus.   I am going to continue the way I’ve been doing, but I found out if I do all the dialogue, it is very easy to reach my word count.  So this chapter is 4706 words or about 35 WPM.   I was watching tv also and yesterday almost seemed to be a waste on writing.  I did though love how this scene turned out, in which most guys have done before.

“Ask yourself, have they ever asked your thoughts, have they ever traveled this land, the realm of death or the Demon Gates.”  He meant to keep it calm, but he knew he went to far.  The silence she gave back for that moment was all he could handle without slicing his own throat. “They sit in their chambers, they do not care no more of this land for power has corrupted them.”

“You do not know what you speak of”  She lost some of the edgeneess, her sharp tongue for he knew he was right, but for a man to confront her it, was a fool indeed.

“You hesitated, you know I speak the truth,” He considered himself a fool now for there was no stopping his tongue.

“I suppose you could do better,” she said with a straight face, and a her voice now cold as Ice.  He rather have faced a squad of demons with razor sharp weapons that to face her now.



Published in: on November 8, 2012 at 10:58  Leave a Comment  

Day 4 (3)

Betweet 8 and 10 at night.  I worked this mornig so I made that knowledge part with the outline part in the morning.  Then I wrote tonight to write over 5k to get me just uner 14k.  I am liking this method but am exhuasted. Tomorrow another morning hour and church in evenig.  SO far I can only manager 2 straight hours of writing.,   Keep it up fellow NANOWRIMOR’s

Published in: on November 4, 2012 at 22:44  Leave a Comment  

Nano day 3 (2k-10k day 2)

So today I wrote 2 hours from 1230-230 and produced 4k.  I was alone and just music.

almost 9 k for nano now.  Avaging 4k a session or 2k an hour

Published in: on November 3, 2012 at 14:55  Leave a Comment  

Worked well the 1st day

Still trying the 2k to 10k meathod, I think I need to get more detailed in the outline.  I was able to make 5k though yesterday.  That was 2.5 hrs of work 4-7.

Published in: on November 3, 2012 at 10:23  Leave a Comment  

New Book for NANOWRIMO

This year we will be doing NANOWRIMO again for the writers group and for my own personal goal.   As I am working on the new story, “Gone Veiled,”  I need to come up with a story plan for NANOWRIMO.  (Go to for more information)

It was a usual october day at the mall doing my daily job at the mall.  Then it hit me, this story came from no where.  It excited me, it brought a concept I wasn’t sure if I could write.  I am still not sure if I can write it, but I am going to try.   It is going to be a fantasy novel, possibly even a stand-alone.   Maybe a stand-alone, I love series, so that might change, it will be up to the narrator of the this story.  I am not going to stop how I write it in any shape or form.   If it turns out to be on the more young adult side, so be it.  If it turned outs to be adult fantasy, so be it.   If it is 256k words or 70k words, so be it.     This story is going to take my writing into a new realm of possibilities.

So what is the story you might ask, well I am not quite sure yet but here is what I have in my head so far:

 Part of the Prologue (if I have one)

Shinigamis law of death have been broken, they can kill whoever and whenever they want.  They take the soul of their victims.  They look and wreak of death and decay.  They have town back gowns and the most horrid faces ever seen.  Once they find their victims, they start to stock them and only after the victim is in utterless fear, is the soul weak enough to be observed.

I don’t know which character(/s) we will start to follow but I think it might be what I call (Squad B).  They are a group of fairies that with the possible power of light will hunt down these grim reapers(american term), and return the to binding of the law of death.  The fairies life is stronger for souls and the after life are tied in with the renewal of the light and mother earth.

Now through the fairies they will meet each character of (squad A) which include a wizard, a demon, and a dragon.   The wizard has created bracelets that can hide the magic most witches and wizards to conceal them from being drain and killed for their magic.  (Or I might have him searching for the bracelet or how a dragon keeps their power hidden.)   The dragon will be human form because he is bored and wants to find this secret clan of Shinigami’s and fairies.  The demon appears because he is being tracked by a demon slayer and possibly dragon slayer.   (This part will be full of laughs.)  Might include the bounty hunter also do to the demon using magic to piss off the slayers.

They will all accidentally start saving people from the Shinigami’s and other natural things by accident and so on.   I am still trying to figure out the rest of the story but that is what I got so far.

More planning will be going on this month and writing of this book will start the next month for NANO.


Published in: on October 14, 2012 at 10:56  Leave a Comment  

A little here and there

So I have been working now for about 2 days with my neew partner.  The biggest issue in my book is punction and right order of things.  It can be read as it stands but it will read alot smoother when we get it done.  I am happy so far with the work and figure it can only get better.  The funny thing is that half the semi-colons that I have to put in I had in.  Then a beta-reader said they didn’t think they should be in there.  At least we are moving forward now though.   I also think this might be better to get published then, the first chapter was re-shaped.

Yeah, he was going to miss the extra power and the highest of clearance

-Gone Rogue

Published in: on October 10, 2012 at 12:15  Leave a Comment  

New Editor equals a second edition of Gone Rogue reworked

So I added a new partner to my writing and we are revising Gone Rogue for a second release with smoother writing.    He is very good on grammar and punctuation and is working on the books as I type this.  I should be working on the chapter we redid already.  Maybe I should have him correct this.   Anyways he is so far a good editor not losing my voice which is what you guys love.  So here is new adventures.

due to security of the agency, you needed a damn good reason to be leaving

-Gone Rogue (2nd edition)

Published in: on October 9, 2012 at 21:17  Leave a Comment  


Yup, I took that first step.  Yeah you know that first step on the moon. The first step you took when you were a baby.  That first step you took leaving you parent’s house.  All those first steps for me now led me to self publishing Gone Rogue, by A. McKay.

This is what happened, I came to work one day and my boss was sitting at his desk.  I sat down in my normal, what now kind of way.  He then said you ever think of using  It is a free print on demand and eBook publisher.  I got yeah I am trying to pay for another company to do it.  The word free though stuck in my head.  He then describes the way they worked.


One thing lead to another and now my book is available through Gone Rogue.


Why not traditional Robert?  The truth and only reason it wasn’t traditional was well I am a male writer in the romance genre.  I can’t even get an agent to read past my name.  Yes my real name that is on top of the business letter with my contact information.


So talking with my boss and agreeing maybe I needed to get my brand out there, my name known to in the writing world I could reach for the stars once again.   In 6-8 weeks the site says it will be available on Amazon.  I do not know if that includes the kindle, but if not I will add it to the kindle myself.

Please stay tuned for my website should be developed soon.

Published in: on June 24, 2012 at 09:30  Leave a Comment