What I'm reading
I've been rereading the Mortal Instruments series, because it's awesome. ^_^ I've been doing so much writing, I haven't read as much as I normally do!
What I'm writing
I FINISHED SHINY NEW WIP!!! Yes - I somehow wrote a 78K word novel in 24 days. o.O I... wow. I don't usually write anywhere near as fast! Two 7K writing days? In a week? And this is the longest first draft I've ever written! :D (Perhaps I've broken the habit of writing ridiculously short drafts? I hope so!)
What am I doing now? Well, I'm doing my first self-edit. I'm also working on a spinoff prequel-type novella. I'm not ready to let this story go! I really hope my CP's/beta readers love it as much as I do! :)
What works for me
I'm working on a longer post for IWSG about how I wrote a draft so fast, but one of the things that worked was writing as much as possible down before I started. I've always outlined (at least, ever since I realised that I could never finish a book unless I had at least the main plot written down beforehand... both for motivational reasons, and because my memory is really horrific), but literally, everything I wrote down before I started saved SO much time. I spent two months outlining the whole 6-book series and figuring out the worldbuilding, with the most detailed outline I've ever written - one with whole scenes and bits of dialogue sketched out.
And it worked! I raced from one scene to the next without having to stop and head-scratch and agonise in between, and even though some extra scenes did arise and take me by surprise, I had enough detail in my outline to make sure the story didn't wander off track. It was like the dream draft. I didn't even experience the mid-draft self-doubt crash which usually sets in around 1/3 of the way through. It was pure magic from start to finish. ^_^
What else I've been up to
Well, last Wednesday, I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour ! :D I don't want to spoil the magic by sharing too many photos... but it was AMAZING!!!
EPIC decorations! ^^