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Inside the Black Folders: Winter

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This is going to be a short post compared to those on Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, because so many of the items included in Winter’s black folder contain spoilers! and I don’t trust you guys not to zoom in on … Continue reading

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Inside the Black Folders: Scarlet

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In February I talked about the things I collected while writing Cress, and on Monday I gave some behind-the-scenes info on the inspiration and process behind writing Cinder. Today, we’re peering into the black folder for Scarlet . . . … Continue reading

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Inside the Black Folders: Cinder

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Last month I wrote a blog post for “A Week of Rapunzel” hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story. In the post, I revealed for the first time the contents of one of my black folders—the folders where I’ve been … Continue reading

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An Interview with the NaNo Challenge Winners

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I’m pleased to welcome three special guests today—the top three word-count writers from the Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge! Each of these ladies wrote over HALF A MILLION WORDS, which is beyond amazing, and they were all kind enough to … Continue reading

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A Pep Talk of Peppiness (and some friendly advice)

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We’re half-way through NaNoWriMo, and for many writers, inspiration is lagging, adrenaline has dipped, and you’re beginning to wonder what on Earth you were thinking to attempt this crazy novel-writing thing in the first place. So I thought some of … Continue reading

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My Tips for Writing a Lot of Words

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News: SCARLET is a nominee in the GoodReads People’s Choice Awards, Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi Category! Cast your votes here: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2013     Many of you are taking part in my Write Like Crazy NaNoWriMo Challenge, and I am … Continue reading

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Subplots, Character Arcs, and Color Coding: My Process for Major Revisions

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As we near the end of July, I’m about halfway through Draft #2 of WINTER: Book Four of the Lunar Chronicles, so I thought this would be a good time to talk about my process for tackling this book, before I … Continue reading

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The “What If” List: A Method for Getting Unstuck

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It’s inevitable that at some point in the writing process, we’re going to get stuck. Even for serious outliners, like me, there’s bound to be a point in the story where you’re just not sure what should happen next. I … Continue reading

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Recharging Your Batteries, Filling the Well, and Other Such Metaphors

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I’ve had a really fun few weeks filled with two of my favorite parts of the writing process: The Beginning and The End.   For Winter, I’m at the beginning, which means plotting and brainstorming and daydreaming and wondering What … Continue reading

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Tactics for Avoiding the Temptation of a New Idea

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I’ve yet to meet a writer who doesn’t sometimes struggle with the lure of a new writing project, and lately I’ve been getting asked more and more about how to combat this constant temptation. So when @debbiekolive on Twitter suggested … Continue reading

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