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From Idea to Finished, Step 4: Simmering Periods

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In between each draft of a writing project, I make a point of taking some time away from it. I call it a simmering period. (Like making a soup or spaghetti sauce… you need to give it time to simmer … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 3: The First Draft

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At the end of the outlining process, which I discussed in my last blog post, I have in hand an outline that gives me a basic summary of what’s going to happen in the story from scene to scene to … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 2: The Outline

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Writing this blog post is coming at an optimal time, as I’m about to start outlining my superhero story within the next couple of weeks.     I’ll be honest. No matter how many books I outline, I always find … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 1: Brainstorming & Research

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BAM—You Have an Idea! It’s usually something small. A character starts speaking to you in the back of your head, wanting to tell their story. Or you’re sitting on the bus one day, daydreaming, and a movie starts to play out in … Continue reading

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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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