Current report wordcount: I finished Book 4 at 77K, and wrote Book 5 (also 77K). I'd already written around 5K of this in November when I was supposed to be writing Book 3, so I finished in only 22 days. o.O
I'm now at 16K of Book 6.
(Yes, this does mean I've had no social life this month. :P)
WIP issues this month: Juggling projects in different stages is tricky. Juggling multiple plotlines is also tricky. Five books in and my characters are still refusing to obey my outline. :P
Four things I learned this month in writing:
- Fast-drafting books back-to-back is a great idea. I can work in foreshadowing earlier, check continuity, and I'll be thankful for it later when editing and the foundations of the story are already there.
- Fast-drafting books back-to-back is a terrible idea. Your brain will explode and everyone will think you're certifiably insane. And Future Emma will really hate me when she realises she has to edit FOUR train-wreck first drafts in a row.
- Every book is different. All my first drafts used to be too short and need a ton of extra scenes added, but with the second Alliance book, I'm cutting scenes rather than adding. I seem to be incapable of writing longer books without resorting to adding filler. 80K seems to be my limit, and that's with dual POV. Whenever I try to make a book longer, I end up having to cut things out. (Though admittedly, I've never tried multi-POV epic fantasy.) Just when I think I've got a handle on this writing thing, it surprises me again.
- Every draft has ups and downs, and it usually has nothing to do with the actual writing. Some days, my brain just hates me. (I'm writing my 20th book. You'd think I'd know this by now...)
Goal for next month: Drafting Alliance 6! O_O
Also, reread Adamant for the 10000000th time to check for last errors. *bites nails*
Last 200 words: I'll have the first chapter of Adamant up on the blog in a couple of weeks, but here are some more teasers! :)