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 finally read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. The sequel to The 5th Wave is just as gripping as the first book!
I also read Between by Megan Whitmer, a fun YA portal fantasy.
And I finally read These Broken Stars, and was totally hooked from the first page! I absolutely loved it!
What I'm writing
I'm... not drafting. For the first time in months, if not years. o.O But I am assembling a master editing spreadsheet for Books 3-6! The first step is fixing all the big-picture continuity/worldbuilding stuff across the series. My second drafts are all about fixing plot and character issues, adding in stuff that's missing and making sure sub-plots actually pay off and aren't forgotten. I'll also be checking for loose ends and character arcs and developments that aren't properly foreshadowed.
My writing goal this week: More brainstorming/edit list-making. Sorting out the mess I made of Book 3 when I rearranged half the scenes...
What works for me
Editing series books back-to-back. I'm in the early stages now, but I remember how much easier it was to see large-scale structure issues with the Darkworld series when I edited books 2-5 back-to-back. It actually meant fewer editing passes. Given that Adamant went through ten drafts, Nemesis is on Draft 7 and the novella's on Draft 6 and still not ready for betas, that might not happen this time around. :P But I'm hoping it'll save a few headaches!
What else is new
Well, the proof copy of Adamant arrived! :D
Not only that, Walking Shadow is now available in paperback, so I could finally send some long-overdue contest prizes to winners. I now have copies of all three of my books. ^_^