“Honoring the separation between the private activity of writing and the public activity of being a writer has helped me structure my days.”
“I really wanted to plunge into the all-consuming world of the novel. I wanted to try it because it really scared me.”
Three couples share their secrets of collaborative success.
Shannon Hale creates fun plots and strong characters for all ages and genders. Yet her books are often labeled as “for girls only” – and she’s fighting hard to change that.
“After I find a good routine – which, for me, usually involves absolute quiet, at least two hours of uninterrupted time, and a pot of black coffee – the writing starts going well, and then I can forget about the routine.”
The world of adolescence offers endless exploration.
“It’s important to write about things that matter to you and scare you.”
“Craft and technique can sustain and improve the drive to tell a story.”
Novelist Christine Sneed shares advice for making every page a work of poetry.
“As I work on a project, typically a book-length essay, I try to ask myself, what puts the reader at the most extreme point of discomfiture?”