It’s no secret that I like writing the first draft better than edits. Here’s how I feel about editing SCRATCH THAT so far: It seems like there’s no end in sight. Pray for me.
I’m one of those weird people who never lets my family or close friends read my books. They kind of hate me for it. (But in a good way, of course). I have my reasons though … *Why my mom is not my critique partner* “Your book is okay, but that story you wrote in second grade was your best work. That one showed true creativity and was so imaginative. You were so cute back then, what happened?” *Why my dad… Keep Reading
When I was in the third grade, I had a teacher who was very … practical. He loved math and science – the stuff that would give me nightmares at night. He would show us videos of space shuttle launches and I would try very hard not to let him see me falling asleep in the back row. He was all about reality and I was all about imagination. We didn’t get along too well. One day, he asked each member… Keep Reading
We all know that magazines distort teen girls’ perception of beauty, but lately I’ve been asking myself, do books do the same thing? After all, you can only read so many books about a blond bombshell before you start to wonder if blondes, in reality, have more fun. It was time for an experiment.* I tallied the physical characteristics of female protagonists in 50 bestselling YA books that came out in 2012**. (I was going to do 100, but wow… Keep Reading
If it’s been a while and I’m out of the groove: When I can’t make a sentence sound the way I want: When I’m critiquing for a friend and their work is SO MUCH BETTER than mine: After a killer brainstorming session: When I get a sweet idea: When I’m telling my hubby how excited I am about the new plot twist I just thought up: If I can’t figure out how to make a certain scene work: When I… Keep Reading