A Tour through My Inspirations

Last year, when I was deep into writing 17 & Gone, I discovered an exciting new distraction and way to collect images that fascinated me: Pinterest. What started off as maybe one more thing to keep me from writing turned into a great source of inspiration, and my 17 & Gone inspiration board was born. I’dContinue reading “A Tour through My Inspirations”

The Creative Mindf*ck

So I’ll say it. I’m ready for the year to end. I am looking forward to 2013, creatively. I’ve gotten myself into a jam this year with my writing—and I know I’ve talked a tiny bit about the tough spots I’ve found myself in during this year, but mostly I haven’t spoken about it. IContinue reading “The Creative Mindf*ck”

The Inadvertent Creative Break

I haven’t announced this or made a big deal of this, but it appears that I’ve been on some kind of quiet walk through the woods of my brain lately. It’s dark in here and there’s lots going on and I kind of don’t want to come out just yet. This isn’t a formal breakContinue reading “The Inadvertent Creative Break”

Saturday Randoms: the YA Debuts, the Resolution, the Artist Colony, the New Blog Series, and the You’ll-Have-to-Tear-These-Pages-from-My-Cold-Dead-Hands

It’s Saturday, and we just had a week’s worth of debut interviews and giveaways! Maybe I should clarify something while I have you here: Since this new series of YA debut interviews began this week, I’ve had many people contact me asking how to be a part of the next round of interviews (next comeContinue reading “Saturday Randoms: the YA Debuts, the Resolution, the Artist Colony, the New Blog Series, and the You’ll-Have-to-Tear-These-Pages-from-My-Cold-Dead-Hands”

The Week of the New Title, the New Cover, and the Finale of the Inspiration Series

A lot happened this week… I revealed the title of my 2013 novel forthcoming from Dutton. I had a transcendent editorial conversation with my editor and can see what this book will become… once I revise it. I showed you the cover of the newly updated and about-to-be-reissued Dani Noir… as Fade Out, coming inContinue reading “The Week of the New Title, the New Cover, and the Finale of the Inspiration Series”

The Title of My New Novel Revealed

For some time, if you’ve been reading this blog, you may have noticed that I’ve been hard at work on a secretive new novel. This was a novel that first started coming out of me when I was away from home, outside my real life. I still vividly remember writing its very first words (thenContinue reading “The Title of My New Novel Revealed”

NaNoWriMo Update

I’m posting this NaNoWriMo update from a good place. I’m not bubbling up with doubt and sizzling with self-loathing. I’m not tearing hairs from my head and words from my pages. I’m not perusing listings for day jobs—as I do when the writing goes terribly—wondering if it’s too late to start a new profession. ThingsContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Update”

My Slow Yet Serious Attempt at NaNoWriMo (or Why I Rewrite as I Go)

My attempt at NaNoWriMo has been slow-going so far this month, but I don’t see that as a failure yet—and I won’t let myself see it as a failure if I (when I) reach November 30 without 50,000 words. (Remind me I said that.) It’s the determination and the push to get out more wordsContinue reading “My Slow Yet Serious Attempt at NaNoWriMo (or Why I Rewrite as I Go)”

Inspiring Novel Openings

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Often, the thing that inspires me to write a book is the most obvious of things you could imagine: Other books. Writers inspire me—as you’ll see, because I’ve invited some of them to write guest blogs about their own inspirations this month… …and the novels these writers write inspire meContinue reading “Inspiring Novel Openings”