Get a fairly decent idea.
Write a few pages.
Keep writing to see what happens.
Be convinced this will be a bestseller.
Discover you don’t know what you’re doing.
Keep writing anyway.
Resist the urge to go back and revise.
Get a small new idea that might be slightly helpful.
Delete the last ten pages.
Delete ten more pages.
Take a cookie break.
Get back to writing.
Claw your way forward through the worst pages you’ve ever written.
Discover you still don’t know what you’re… Continue reading
From my toy store roots to my wish for a secret superpower, the latest Blondie & the Brit Podcast covers how and why I arrived where I am today: on the couch, writing YA novels.
They’re the ones with superpowers, if you ask me.
My visit to Manchester High School was full of happy and thoughtful moments. Working with students from the high school and nearby Illing Middle School, I talked a bit about my process, answered questions about my novels and publishing, and led workshops where students wrote for ten minutes and shared their work afterward.
Writing fiction in a low-stakes, open-ended way with just the nudge of a new idea… Continue reading
Everywhere I look, I’m seeing castles in the landscape. We’re driving across the country, and every turn brings another stunning view to send the mind soaring.
Every time I think about my trip to the North Texas Teen Book Festival, I grin. You would not believe how amazing it was. Middle Grade and Young Adult readers came by the busload for a day of panels with their favorite writers on Saturday, April 23rd, and I tell you, the energy was off the charts. I had the best time!
Here are a few photos from the day.
As easily as I say “Pass the butter,” teens in Texas say “Ma’am” and “Sir,” and to my Northern ears, it’s a gracious sound. When I write about characters from Texas, I recall the kind, polite readers I’ve met there, and when I think about going back, I smile.
In the YA community, Texas is known for its book enthusiasm. The librarians (Yay for the TAYSHAS Reading Lists!), booksellers, bloggers, teachers, local writers (Yay for Jennifer Mathieu!), and readers are fun loving and first rate. There’s no… Continue reading