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My Writing Process: 9 Steps from Idea to Finished

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A few months ago I asked what types of blog posts you guys would like to see more of, and there was an overwhelming response for craft-based posts. And I’m right there with you. There is a lot to say on … Continue reading

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My Best Advice for Aspiring Writers

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One question that I’m asked over and over and over again is: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?   At first, after Cinder had just released, I felt weird answering this question. I still felt like such an amateur … Continue reading

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A Guide to Lunar Chronicles Character Traits

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I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about what my characters look like—even down to specifics, like how tall they are. For ease of use and to encourage all ye fanartists (and maybe inspire some of you for the Design … Continue reading

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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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