The Discovery Phase, and Writing About Writing

The Discovery Phase I’m working on something new. I wish it could come out of me lightning-fast. I want to show my agent a nice little tease of a beginning—just a few pages—and a synopsis and then see what he thinks, if this could be my next book, but I’m finding that with each newContinue reading “The Discovery Phase, and Writing About Writing”

KidLitCon and Periwinkle Blue

What’s Periwinkle Blue Here we are in the last days of August. The sky above my rickety fire escape is periwinkle blue and completely cloudless, and the wail of sirens is fading away down in the street until there’s that strange kind of silence you find sometimes in Manhattan, punctuated by the buzz of air-conditionersContinue reading “KidLitCon and Periwinkle Blue”

Teaching Another Online YA Novel Writing Class

I taught my first online class with Mediabistro.com this spring/summer—a twelve-week YA novel writing class with some truly amazing students. I loved working with them—and I can’t wait until their novels are finished and polished and their future book deals come to be so I can cheer and tell everyone to read their books. JustContinue reading “Teaching Another Online YA Novel Writing Class”

Your Particular Dream

A couple weeks ago, I was in Laramie, Wyoming, at the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers, learning about planets (!) and stars (!) and black holes (!) and the math (?##@???) astronomers use to measure how far away galaxies are from ours and being astounded by the infinite expanse of the universe (!!!)—and thisContinue reading “Your Particular Dream”

When the Book Stops Being Mine and Becomes Yours

I’m spending the month of August in limbo. Part of this is due to my Macbook breaking, which kind of derailed my plan to spend all of August offline at a café writing retreat of my own making, but I will restrain myself from complaining about that here. (And also, as of yesterday, E fixed itContinue reading “When the Book Stops Being Mine and Becomes Yours”

In Which I Read IMAGINARY GIRLS for the Last (?) Time, Finish My Book, and Recover from Writer Space Camp

I got back from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming, on Sunday night, where I learned so many things, met some great people, and where my laptop broke (sob! more on that in a moment). The first day I was home, on Monday, I was rewarded with my copyedits for 17 & Gone!Continue reading “In Which I Read IMAGINARY GIRLS for the Last (?) Time, Finish My Book, and Recover from Writer Space Camp”

Turning Points: The Dark Side of Writing by Patty Blount

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here is Patty Blount, whose debut novel comes out today!, revealing hers… • Guest post by Patty Blount •  “When did you first start writing?” As soon asContinue reading “Turning Points: The Dark Side of Writing by Patty Blount”