It's time for What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!
What I'm reading
I reread The Bone Season to refresh my memory before I read the sequel. The worldbuilding in this series is intricate and unique, and the action scenes were fantastic.
What I'm writing
I finished the first draft of Alliance 5! The end is most definitely nigh! I'd already started this draft back in November, but I've beaten my previous record by writing a draft in 22 days. On the other hand, the editing will probably take a year. I've already decided about 1/3 of it will need to be rewritten... o.O
My writing goal this week: Write... the final Alliance book. The feels, guys. Ahhh...
What works for me
Plotsing and letting the magic happen. :) As you might have guessed from my posts about my crazy-organisational approach to writing, I tend to like having a list or formula to follow for everything, including writing. I always have an outline. But sometimes, I have to divert off-track, or just let things come together naturally. One of my favourite foreshadowing techniques is to have an image or idea repeated throughout the book or series, and a lot of the time, this isn't actually deliberate in the first draft. I'll use a certain image earlier on, and find it kind of reappears throughout the book without conscious effort. So, thanks, brain. :P
Unfortunately, I can't say what they are in this series, because... spoilers. ;)
What else is new
Formatting is evil. >_< It took far too many attempts to get the ebook file of Adamant converted (though I am technologically incompetent). So, that was fun. But I do have a shiny serviceable ebook file now.
Two days till the cover reveal! I can't wait for you guys to see the awesomeness! ^_^