Everdal Update #7…

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Update #7 April 14, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 79
Days of actual writing: 19
Current Word Count: 40,890
Current Chapter Count Complete: 16
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 5/31/2021

The End…

I am usually a chronological writer. Meaning, I write from the beginning of a story to the end. Every now and then, a scene pops into my mind out of order and I quickly type it up so I don’t forget it, but usually I type my stories in order. So, you can imagine my surprise when I recently typed the final chapter of my latest work in progress… at least five chapters early. I’ve never known what was going to happen so soon into the writing process. To be perfectly honest, I’m excited and a bit weirded out. I’m not sure I want to know the ending so soon… I’m not sure how I feel about it, other than to know that it is the right ending for this particular book. I don’t even know how we get there yet. But, I have a feeling its going to be a crazy, exciting, and bumpy ride. I can’t wait to share this adventure with all of you.


Everdal Update #6…

Update #6 March 31, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 65
Days of actual writing: 14
Current Word Count: 33,560
Current Chapter Count Complete: 15
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 5/31/2021

A Month of Excuses!

If I had a dollar for every excuse I made not to write over the past month… Well, I’d have a lot of dollars.

  • Work Deadlines
  • Kid Commitments
  • Home Owner Obligations
  • Wifely Responsibilities
  • To Tired
  • I Need to Exercise
  • To Much Computer Time
  • I Have to Cook
  • THE LIST GOES ON

No More Excuses!

They say that you are more likely to reach your goals if you write them down and share them with others. Unfortunately, that didn’t work for me… I missed my writing deadline of March 31st (today). But, I don’t give up so easily. I’m setting a new deadline and this time it will stick. Come hell or high water! I will have the first draft of Everdal done by May 31, 2021. I hope each and every one of you reading this, will hold me to it. Comment below… message me… email me (ninasodenbooks@gmail.com)… Tweet me @Nina_Soden… tag me on Instagram Nina_Soden… just find a way to let me know you are pushing me to reach this goal. Sometimes it takes outside inspiration and motivation. Sometimes it just takes finding an extra thirty minutes in a day. I think I need a little of both. Ok, no more slaking… I’m going to go put in an hour of writing and try to get another 1,000 words in before I stop for the night.


Everdal Update #5…

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Update #5 March 17, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 51
Days of actual writing: 13
Current Word Count: 30,891
Current Chapter Count Complete: 15
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 3/31/2021

I’M BEHIND!!!

Ever feel like time is running out? Yeah, me too!

The good thing is, I created my own deadline for this project. Sure, I still want to reach the goal of having my first draft written by March 31st, but if I don’t reach it… I can always push the deadline date.

A glimpse into the life of Celeste Amora Stevenson Dupont

When your life has been turned upside down, but prom is just around the corner, you sneak away to find the perfect dress… one fit for a princess!


Everdal Update #4…

Update #4 February 27, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 34
Days of actual writing: 10
Current Word Count: 26,519
Current Chapter Count Complete: 14
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 3/31/2021

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had hoped I would since the last update, but the crazy winter storm that hit the Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and who knows were else kind of made it hard. My family and I went to California for a four day weekend and ended up getting stuck in San Diego for a full week, unable to get a flight home. I wrote a total of ZERO WORDS while I was gone. I decided the enjoy the family time instead of worrying about my word count. But, I am back on track and I am still aiming for March 31st as a first draft due date. Keep me in your prayers.

In the meantime, check out the fun photos from my trip!


Everdal Update #3…

Update #3 February 11, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 17
Current Word Count: 22,755
Current Chapter Count Complete: 13.5
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 3/31/2021

This week was a slow week. I was only able to write 2 days since my last update. My goal short term goal: reach 25,000 words by Wednesday, February 17th. Wish me luck!!! 
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Meet Ethan Knight…

Celeste had known Ethan since the 3rd grade when his family moved in down the road. However, it wasn’t until the eleventh grade that they became real friends. It wasn’t until their senior year, when her world was about to turn upside down, that they finally expressed how they felt about each other.

Will it be to late?


Everdal Update #2…

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Update #2 February 3, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
Status: Writing First Draft
Days in current Status: 8
Current Word Count: 18,670 (Average of 2,333.75 words per day)
Current Chapter Count Complete: 11
NEXT STEPS: Complete first draft - Estimated completion date: 3/31/2021

Celeste, Sydney, and Ellah have been best friends since 3rd grade. Boys have never come between them, but can their friendship remain when they are pulled worlds apart?


A New Adventure…

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve recently finished The Beast Within, an interactive urban fantasy novel. The eBook is currently available for pre-order on amazon and both the eBook and the paperback versions will be released on April 1, 2021. I could not be more thrilled to share Austin’s story with all of my readers. But, that isn’t the new adventure I am excited to tell you about today.

Today I embark on another new adventure, one into the realm of a modern day fantasy. I won’t say to much, or give anything away… not just yet. However, my goal with this story is to blog at least once a week to give you an update on the progress. I’ve never really blogged my writing process from start to finish, but I’ve decided to do it this time as a way to hold myself accountable. I hope that you will join me in this adventure and hold me accountable as well.

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My challenge to you is this – Reach out – comment – ask questions – and get engaged! The more excited you are the more motivated I will be to finish this story. And trust me, right now, I am motivated!!!

Update #1 January 26, 2021

WORKING TITLE: Everdal
GENRE: YA/NA Fantasy
STATUS: Character descriptions started
        Chapter outline complete
NEXT STEPS: Begin the writing adventure!

Meet Celeste Stevenson, a normal high school student studying for exams and getting ready to celebrate her 17th birthday. She has the perfect boyfriend, the kindest parents, and her whole life ahead of her… or does she?


Happiness or Success… Writing Wednesday

Did you participate in last week’s #WritingWednesday post? It was about ‘Why Write’. If you haven’t posted your response, click HERE so you can do that now. Then, make sure you check in here ~ every Wednesday ~ for the latest #WritingWednesday writing prompt! Now, back to today’s regularly scheduled post…

Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.

  • Read the writing prompt below,
  • Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
  • DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today, I’m writing in the voice of Ethan, a character in my current WIP!

Today’s writing prompt:

Happiness or Success?

When I was younger, I thought the only way to truly be happy was to be successful. Successful in school, sports, my career, my relationships, everything. It wasn’t until I was much older, until I lost everything, that I realized success and possessions have nothing to do with true happiness.

Now… now I strive to live each day to its fullest. To make a positive change in the world. To help just one person, each day, even in a seemingly small way.

My happiness doesn’t come from what I can buy or the respect I command when I walk in a room. My happiness stems from making someone else’s day just a little better. If I can do that, then I’ve found true happiness.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I won’t fight, until my dying day, to get back what I lost… what they took from me. It just means I now see a better path. I now understand what I should have done with all that power. I was selfish. Now I’ve seen the light. When I get it back, and I will, they won’t be able to stop me and they won’t have the power to control anyone else. Not anymore!

© 2020 Nina Soden


Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt [Happiness or Success?] inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with! 


Looking for daily writing inspiration? Check out my latest publication: #WRITINGPROMPTS

Who Can Benefit from Using #WritingPrompts? Everyone! Whether you’re an avid writer or just someone who is interested in the creative and/or therapeutic art of writing, #WritingPrompts is for you. Studies show that maintaining a daily handwritten journal, or creative writing notebook, can: 1. improve memory, 2. enhance creative expression, 3. lower stress, 4. build self-discipline, 5. eliminate writer’s block, and so much more! Writer’s Block Got You Down? Eliminate It, One Day at a Time! When it comes to writer’s block, the struggle is real! If you’ve ever sat at your computer, typewriter, or with pen in hand, but couldn’t get a single word on paper, then you know what writer’s block feels like. #WritingPrompts is the solution you’ve been looking for! Within the pages of #WritingPrompts, you will find over 700 writing prompts that you can use in order or at random, the choice is yours. Jump-Start Your Creativity with over 700 Unique Writing Prompts! Good writing takes time, practice, and unique ideas. Why not jump-start your imagination with these unique writing prompts and watch as you find your voice and become a more confident writer in just one year.


What books have you added to your July 2020 reading list? Comment below and let me know!


Why Write… Writing Wednesday

Did you participate in last week’s #WritingWednesday post? It was all about sound. If you haven’t posted your response, click HERE so you can do that now. Then, make sure you check in here ~ every Wednesday ~ for the latest #WritingWednesday writing prompt! Now, back to today’s regularly scheduled post…

Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.

  • Read the writing prompt below,
  • Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
  • DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today, I’m writing in my own voice.

Today’s writing prompt:

Why Write?

For me, writing is a creative outlet. I also act, and I direct theatre, but writing is completely different. In theatre, the actor creates the directors vision and the director creates his/her impression of the author’s vision. When you’re the author, you are creating a whole world. You name the characters, build the world, and breathe life into the story. You decide who lives, who dies, who falls in love, who is left behind, and everything else in between.

I think everyone needs an outlet, physical or mental. Whatever your outlet; sports, cards, reading, exercising, theatre, drinking… the list goes on. We as humans need a way to zone out, release stress, and escape. For me, that outlet is writing.

I can’t imagine a world where I didn’t write. Which is funny, since I didn’t really start writing until about 10 years ago. Not seriously anyway. I find writing relaxing and invigorating all at the same time. Sitting down, in front of a blank screen, wondering what will come out when I put my fingers on the keyboard… Its exciting. Then, at the every end, when I finally get to type The End… WOW, what an amazing, and yet sad, feeling. I look forward to it every time. Still, part of me hates the endings because that is when I have to say goodbye to a project.

So, why do I write? Because its life, its my life!

© 2020 Nina Soden


Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt [Why Write?] inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with! 


Looking for daily writing inspiration? Check out my latest publication: #WRITINGPROMPTS

Who Can Benefit from Using #WritingPrompts? Everyone! Whether you’re an avid writer or just someone who is interested in the creative and/or therapeutic art of writing, #WritingPrompts is for you. Studies show that maintaining a daily handwritten journal, or creative writing notebook, can: 1. improve memory, 2. enhance creative expression, 3. lower stress, 4. build self-discipline, 5. eliminate writer’s block, and so much more! Writer’s Block Got You Down? Eliminate It, One Day at a Time! When it comes to writer’s block, the struggle is real! If you’ve ever sat at your computer, typewriter, or with pen in hand, but couldn’t get a single word on paper, then you know what writer’s block feels like. #WritingPrompts is the solution you’ve been looking for! Within the pages of #WritingPrompts, you will find over 700 writing prompts that you can use in order or at random, the choice is yours. Jump-Start Your Creativity with over 700 Unique Writing Prompts! Good writing takes time, practice, and unique ideas. Why not jump-start your imagination with these unique writing prompts and watch as you find your voice and become a more confident writer in just one year.


What books have you added to your July 2020 reading list? Comment below and let me know!


What do you see… Writing Wednesday

Did you participate in last week’s #WritingWednesday post? It was all about sound. If you haven’t posted your response, click HERE so you can do that now. Then, make sure you check in here ~ every Wednesday ~ for the latest #WritingWednesday writing prompt! Now, back to today’s regularly scheduled post…

Remember, #WritingWednesday is an EASY, STRESS-FREE, weekly writing challenge.

  • Read the writing prompt below,
  • Spend 5 minutes writing (in your own voice or the voice of a character you’re writing) whatever comes to mind,
  • DON’T EDIT what you write! IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

The goal is 5 minutes of creativity.

Today, I’m writing in the voice of Stella, a character in my current WIP.

Today’s writing prompt:

What is around you, within touching distance? What do you see?

When they brought me to Operation Atlas, I couldn’t bring anything with me. My clothing stayed at home, my toys, my books, my mom.

Other than what I was wearing, which they quickly took upon arrival, the only thing they let me bring was a small gold locket my mother had given me. Inside was a tiny photo, almost unrecognizable, of my mom and dad before I was born. My dad died when I was only two, so I have no memories of him. My mom gave me up, when I was ten, at the first sign of my powers. She said she didn’t want to, but that she had no choice. The doctors had witnessed my symptoms and had called Operation Atlas without consulting her. It wasn’t until they were there, ready to take me away, that she even found out.

There was no struggle. I knew what their bright orange hazmat suits meant. I had see them on the television, when my mom didn’t know I was in the room watching from behind her. They had been collecting people of different ages, all over the world, for years. Part of me had hoped to one day be scooped up, carried away, and told I was special. Told I had special powers or gifts that could help the world. But, what I had envisioned was nothing like my reality.

I’d give anything to go back to that day in the hospital and take it all back. Turn back time. Instead, I sit here in my empty room surrounded by nothing of consequence, gripping tightly to the small gold locket my mother gave me all those years ago.

© 2020 Nina Soden


Alright, now it’s your turn. I’d love to see what today’s writing prompt [What is around you, within touching distance? What do you see?] inspires in you. So, if you are willing, go to the comment section below and start typing. Take 5 minutes and let’s see what you come up with! 


Looking for daily writing inspiration? Check out my latest publication: #WRITINGPROMPTS

Who Can Benefit from Using #WritingPrompts? Everyone! Whether you’re an avid writer or just someone who is interested in the creative and/or therapeutic art of writing, #WritingPrompts is for you. Studies show that maintaining a daily handwritten journal, or creative writing notebook, can: 1. improve memory, 2. enhance creative expression, 3. lower stress, 4. build self-discipline, 5. eliminate writer’s block, and so much more! Writer’s Block Got You Down? Eliminate It, One Day at a Time! When it comes to writer’s block, the struggle is real! If you’ve ever sat at your computer, typewriter, or with pen in hand, but couldn’t get a single word on paper, then you know what writer’s block feels like. #WritingPrompts is the solution you’ve been looking for! Within the pages of #WritingPrompts, you will find over 700 writing prompts that you can use in order or at random, the choice is yours. Jump-Start Your Creativity with over 700 Unique Writing Prompts! Good writing takes time, practice, and unique ideas. Why not jump-start your imagination with these unique writing prompts and watch as you find your voice and become a more confident writer in just one year.


What books have you added to your May 2020 reading list? Comment below and let me know!