Early in the week I put the 3rd pass editing capstone on my thriller book 2, and fired it off to my Dad and Ailz – Ailz got back to me within a day and said she thought it was great, better than the first!
Thank you Ailz! Much needed relief there – the topic matter skirts an edge, and I didn’t want to tip over.
I moved straight on to re-editing Mr. Ruin book 1 – going over this again after writing the 2nd thriller has definitely showed up how much I’m learning about pace and story. I already edited Mr. Ruin once, while writing the thriller book 1! But already I see areas that bog down, are repetitive, are slow.
It’s getting better with every pass. Soon I’ll tackle book 2.
In other news, I was on the Fantasy Fiends podcast! This was a great experience – I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to talk about, but it turned out there was so much to talk about that we skipped the hosts’ normal style of reading a sample from one of the author’s stories. I was fine with that – it was interesting to chat to Stevie and Andy. I also got to plug the audiobook release of The Rot’s War.
Final update on thriller book 2:
- Word count: 95,000, down by 3,000 from 1 week ago. Had to cut these words- which was a few hundred words from lots of places. Sad to go further away from the vaunted 100k, but I have to serve the story.
Projecting thriller book 3:
- It always happens when I finish a book in a series, and think I want some time off to clear my brain – new ideas for the next book come rushing in! Usually when I’m about to sleep, and I tap it out in notes on my phone. It’s great and slightly annoying at the same time!
- I’m starting to get more idea of an overall arc. I could close it off in book 3, but I think it’ll go longer. It won’t end the series, but end the first major chapter – and no chapter will only be focused on building to a climax. More like Marvel movies that have their own stories while also building around the edges to climactic Avengers movies.
No news, just waiting on the one agent who requested the full.
I’ll do a whole year roundup next week. Lots of things to reflect on.