Wednesday, 11 February 2015
What's Up Wednesday
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 read The Writer's Guide to Harry Potter, which is an absolutely fantastic analysis of what made the series so successful - and lessons to learn for our own writing. I already own more than enough books on writing, but I couldn't resist this one.
I also read The Providence of Fire, the sequel to The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley. Now I'm reading The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.
What I'm writing
Alliance Book 6. O_O and more O_O and also ;_;
Ending a series is hard, guys.
My writing goal this week: More words! I'm past the halfway point now...
What works for me
Studying other writers' techniques. The Writer's Guide to Harry Potter reminded me that J. K. Rowling is a master of the art of withholding information. Of course, there are a million other reasons to love the Harry Potter series, but I still remember the excitement and speculation in the run-up to the release of the seventh book. The whole world wanted to know whether Snape was a hero or villain, and what really happened when Voldemort tried to kill Harry, and what the other Horcruxes were. And I remember locking myself in my room for a day and reading the Deathly Hallows in one sitting to avoid spoilers. :P
If there's one thing guaranteed to keep me reading a series, it's epic plot twists, hinted-at secrets, and authorly sleight-of-hand. So I try to achieve that in all my books, even if it drives my readers insane. (Sorry. Not sorry. *evil laugh*)
What else is new
I've been formatting the paperback for Adamant. I successfully submitted the files for review without throwing the computer out the window, so that's something. :P I'm not sure how long the shipping to the UK will take, but hopefully I'll have a proof copy of my book in my hands before the end of the month! :D