I seem to be posting this every other Wednesday but let’s talk about What’s Up! Last week I posted a thing about what writers can learn from the HIMYM finale, but WordPress ate it (the jist was: pacing matters, what you focus on matters, lies are not twists, and emotional resonance matters). This has never happened before in all of my years of working with WordPress, so I assume I hit something while playing with blog’s theme, but I’m still sad about it. Alas.
WHAT I’M READING
I’m listening to the second audiobook of the Mara Dyer series and it’s so good. Sadly I only get to listen in snippets and clips, a chapter or so at a time, but it’s very awesome. Christy Romano, who narrates, is fabulous. I’m also still finishing Unremembered by Jessica Brody and Liberty Bound by Faith McKay. I just need more hours to read. I have been sacrificing sleep a bit to do it and it’s still not enough!
WHAT I’M WRITING
Just turned in revisions. I’m still working on that draft of the YA UF although I’m now attempting to outline based on what I’ve got. In order to practice this new outlining method that seems to work for me (a combination of beat sheets and story quadrants) I outlined a entirely new project just for fun, like a “no pressure if this outline fails because it’s not a real thing!” sort of deal. It’s a YA Space Opera with fugitive princes and bad-ass lady bounty hunters, and I’m so excited about it. But I’m not technically writing it yet, since I have other things to finish first. It’s on deck, though, and I love it.
SPRING IS COMING.
Seriously, it’s so much easier to write and work after my day job when I get home and it’s not pitch black outside an hour later.
Also, my new ability to actually outline makes me feel like I’m going to get a lot faster at writing my drafts/WIPs, instead of writing 15K and tossing it out and starting over again. I know outlines don’t work for everyone and if writing like mad and going back and outlining later works for you (as it has for me in the past), I saw hurrah! Go for it. The only right way to write is the way that works for you. Sadly, thanks to self-doubt and hesitation, it hasn’t been working for me. So being able to outline, even vaguely, where things are going makes it much easier for me to push through to the end of a draft. I thought it was easier for me to zero draft and then outline, but it turns out maybe it’s easier for me to outline roughly and start there (although maybe it just varies from project to project for me). WRITING! It’s constant learning!
WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO
Getting ready for NorWesCon 37, April 17-20th, in Sea-Tac, WA. Highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area. So many great panels about YA and literature and science fiction. I’m moderating two YA panels, as well as appearing on several others. I’ll have my full schedule posted here soon.
ALSO! I’m putting together a group blog for YA Writers/Authors (at any stage in their publication journey) at YA Spaceport. I’m looking for 5-7 YA writers to join me. 😀