Hi, everyone! So I'm not sure if anyone actually reads this, but someone suggested that I start blogging again, so I'm going to try doing that!
Last Saturday I finished the first draft of my third novel! This one is a contemporary YA, and I think that for a first draft, it's pretty decent. If you like Gossip Girl, then it will definitely be up your ally. I had lots of fun writing it because it's so different from anything else I've ever written -- my two previous novels were a YA paranormal romance and a YA urban fantasy. (More like suburban fantasy, but it'll get more urban as the series progresses).
So now I'm onto editing, which is a totally different mindset from writing. I can't believe how quickly I managed to finish writing the first draft -- I started in November and finished in the beginning of January, AND I took a break mid-December for winter vacation. 1,500-2,000 words a day really does get you far in the long run. It's crazy how quickly you'll see your word count increase. I kept track of my word and pages count on an Excel document when I wrote, and I loved looking back at it and seeing my progress in an organized way.
While I was writing my contemporary YA, I was also planning a new YA urban fantasy series. I have the beginning of the first book outlined, but I'll probably take a minor break from that as I enter the editing phase for the contemporary YA. Editing takes a lot of time! You have to read the book a bazillion times, and by the end you're super sick of it.
Speaking of editing, that's what I SHOULD be doing right now.
Currently reading: I just finished Across the Universe last night by Beth Revis and LOVED it! It's really unique since we don't see much sci-fi in the YA genre, so I definitely recommend picking it up. The next book I'll be starting on is XVI by Julia Karr, which looks really interesting :)