Today happens to be my 32nd birthday! Check out my birthday post for info on the giveaway I’m doing this week to celebrate, and my interview today on author Aine P. Massie’s blog House Millar.
Once again, it’s been ten days since I checked in. That’s partially because I have little to update — I’ve only written about 2,000 words in that time. I feel like the draft is long for where I am in the story, but we’ll see how it turns out. Maybe it’ll be a longer novella, but I know it won’t hit 40,000 words, which is what I consider the minimum length to call a book a novel.
I also spent some time last week on the outline to the fourth story in the series, and did a tiny bit on the final two books’ outlines. I think it’ll be easier to think through that far ahead before I finish this current book. And it was fun! Part of the challenge I’m loving with this series is balancing the plot for the individual book with the setup and execution of the overarching conflict.
I have also been noticing my thoughts turning back to Queen Witch, the urban fantasy novel I wrote in late 2011, as I go about my daily business. Challenges that seemed insurmountable in December are beginning to work themselves out in my brain while I focus on other things. That’s great, because it’s almost time to have a copy of my first draft printed and go at it with my purple ink, which is how I always do my first edit and begin to hammer out revisions.
That brings up a fun question for my writer friends: Do you have a specific pen you use for editing, or any other quirky editing habits or rituals?