On Inspiration: Guest Post by Alexander Chee

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) I couldn’t have a blog series on inspiration without asking Alexander Chee to contribute. Those who’ve read his novel Edinburgh, or keep up with his blog Koreanish, or follow him on Twitter and elsewhere, they know why. Everyone else, I want you to know why. It’s because of THIS: “I Just Feel LikeContinue reading “On Inspiration: Guest Post by Alexander Chee”

Guest Post: What Inspires Bennett Madison

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) Have you read Bennett Madison’s novel The Blonde of the Joke? You must. This novel took me over and inspired my writing in more ways than I can even articulate. Imagine how amazing it is to find out what inspires its author. Here’s what Bennett says about inspiration:  When chargedContinue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Bennett Madison”

Guest Post: What Inspires Laurel Snyder

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) I’m inspired by author Laurel Snyder—by her books, by her essays and her tweets, and by her generous and wise responses to my publishing angst. Since she inspires me so much, I asked her to tell me what inspires her to write: I struggle with the idea of inspiration, because itContinue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Laurel Snyder”

Guest Post: What Inspires Veronica Roth

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) I know I’m not the only one inspired by Veronica Roth’s writing—her debut novel, Divergent, not to mention her deeply honest, and deeply true, blog posts about writing and so much else. Now here’s what she finds inspiring: Right now what inspires me is a slight, short girl with blondeContinue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Veronica Roth”

Guest Post: What Inspires Mike Martin

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) This piece on inspiration from Mike Martin reminds me of how much our lives—our childhood memories, our dreams—can shape who we are as writers, entering our stories and not letting go. Reading this gives me the shivers, in the best possible way: Inspiration is equal parts love and terror. And let’sContinue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Mike Martin”

Guest Post: What Inspires Mike Jung

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) One of the highlights of my time at this summer’s SCBWI conference was finally getting to meet the effortlessly amusing Mike Jung in the flesh. Now I’ve roped him into sharing some of his inspirations with us. What inspires Mike? I’ve often wondered, and now we’re about to find out:Continue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Mike Jung”

On Inspiration: Guest Post by Sophie Rosenblum

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) One summer I went to a weeklong workshop and there I read a story that made me breathless in the best of ways. It was written by Sophie Rosenblum, and as I often do when I admire a writer on the page, I wanted to befriend her in real life.Continue reading “On Inspiration: Guest Post by Sophie Rosenblum”

Guest Post: What Inspires Christine Lee Zilka

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) I first connected with Christine Lee Zilka because her blog inspired me—this was years and years ago, before I ever published any books and was facing quite a few rejections. We’ve since become friends in real life and now we write together in the same inspiring location. No way couldContinue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Christine Lee Zilka”

Guest Post: What Inspires Anna M. Evans

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) This past winter I spent some intensely creative weeks at the MacDowell Colony in snowy New Hampshire, and there I met the wonderful poet (and a mean Scrabble player!) Anna M. Evans. She inspired me so much at MacDowell that I asked her to write a guest blog for me.Continue reading “Guest Post: What Inspires Anna M. Evans”

Guest Blog: What Inspires Sara Zarr

(Design & illustration by Robert Roxby) When I read this piece of inspiration from Sara Zarr, it filled me with hope and assured me that maybe I’m not doing so badly after all. I hope it does the same for you: I’m inspired by failure. Which is a good thing, because right now I’ve got a firstContinue reading “Guest Blog: What Inspires Sara Zarr”