Well, since I’ve been a bad blogger of late, my news has piled up, and there’s too much for one post. So let me start by saying that tomorrow I will have some awesome travel/appearance news, so check back here for that. Though it may leak out first on Twitter or FB. Because there are no secrets on the internet.
Now for the rest…
I’m sorry I kept forgetting to announce the winner of the Blood Bound + Shadow Bound giveaway, but the winner has now been notified via email. Her first name is Rebecca, so if that’s your name, check your inbox!
The next Soul Screamers Reading Challenge live chat will be next Wednesday! All are welcome. We’ll be discussing any and all spoilers in the series up to and through My Soul To Steal and “Reaper.” That means you can complain about Sabine. You can discuss how Tod died. You can argue over who saw Kaylee first. (Not that it matters. You can’t call dibs on a person!) Feel free to post the graphic below and to mark your calendar! The link to the chat will go live here on my blog 30 minutes prior to the chat.
Again, thanks to Fiktshun for the graphic, for organizing the challenge, and for generally being awesome!
I turned in the WITH ALL MY SOUL synopsis yesterday, and a few hours later, my editor approved it. Since then, she’s already sent two drafts of the back cover copy, which makes me really excited, because that means this book is almost a real thing! All that’s left to do is write it. And revise it. And edit it. And copy edit it. And line edit it. And proofread it. And promote it. And print it. And ship it. So…you know. Almost there.
On that front, I also started the actual manuscript yesterday and am pleased to report that I wrote the first chapter and a half, which is just over 5,000 words. The deadline for this one is pretty tight, mostly because I needed an extension on Oath Bound, so 5,000 words is actually my daily goal for WITH ALL MY SOUL. That’s tough, but it should be doable, considering that I’ve already written six other books from Kaylee’s POV, with this same cast of characters, in this same world.
Does that mean Kaylee is the same confused, scared sixteen year old bean sidhe we met in My Soul To Take? No. Not at all, actually. The past few books have changed her. She’s grown a lot. She’s been through a lot. Also, she had a birthday. Kaylee turned seventeen (sort of) in Before I Wake, which will be out in just a few short weeks.
Here’s what my first day’s progress looks like on the progress bar:
Yes, I’m expecting this one to top 100,000 words, as did Before I Wake. If I Die was close, at 97,000 words.
Since I’m starting to get these questions again, and in looking back, I realize that I’ve gained several thousand followers on FB and Twitter since I last discussed this, here’s just a bit about my writing method…
Note: This is the method I use, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only method out there or that it’s the best method (there’s no such thing) or that something else might not work better for you.
I write a true rough draft. I write pretty quickly, but that means that my work needs several rounds of rewrites.
My method: Write it down. Write it ALL down. Write it down as fast as you can, without making yourself sick or neglecting the other important parts of your life. Then, when it’s done, go back and rewrite it. Fix the problems. Polish the prose. Layer in the foreshadowing and fine details. Research any facts you didn’t have time to check during the original composition, and adjust accordingly.
I’m able to write 3,000-5,000 words a day, consistently, because I don’t go back and edit what I wrote earlier. I don’t even always read what I wrote earlier. This works for me, because it keeps me in the story. Any time I have to stop writing for several days during the first draft because of travel or edits on another book, I lose touch with the story I’m writing. I fall out of that world and must then go back and read the whole thing (without editing, mostly) to get back to that place, in order to resume the draft. So I’d rather write it down quickly, flaws and all, than bog myself down with details that can be fixed in the rewrites.
Of course, at least for me, that pace and that process isn’t possible unless the entire book has been outlined in advance. But that’s another blog entry…