Writing Retreat!

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Hi friends. I know I have been TERRIBLE about writing recently. My life … as per usual … has been kind of a rollercoaster. The things that are going well are going really well – like my new teaching job at The New School and June not being ridiculously hot yet. And kind of, maybe, sort of finishing a new draft of a new book that I’m somehow still in love with. But other things are kind of a dumpster fire – globally (this needs no explanation) and personally (money stuff, roommate stuff, boy stuff, etc.).

So it’s the nicest to get away for a four-day weekend upstate at my very first writing retreat. My friend Kristina (the best critique partner anyone ever had) organized it. We are ten girls in a gorgeous house in the woods – with a pool! Three attendants are going to have their debut YA novels published next year, six attendants work in publishing, and four went to grad school with me (there is some overlap in these lists lol). We haven’t gotten the most writing done yet today, but are hunkered down now – listening to jazz and sitting with our laptops around a very long dining room table.

I brought along The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo and a lot of different ideas I want to flush out/choose from for my next project. And a swim suit … because, pool. It is beautiful and quiet and exactly what I needed.

My Favorite Writing Tip

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Hi friends and happy Friday! I’m going on an 11 mile walk from one end of the Bronx to the other tomorrow in my quest to walk across all five Boroughs. I hope you have something good planned – maybe a good book to read or pages to write.

This is my favorite, favorite writing tip for when writers (ranging from my students to my MFA classmates to myself) get stuck. Are you ready for it? Continue reading

John Green Tweeted My Name

I’m sure there is a more chill way to title this blog post, but I’m not going to be able to access that chill. You guys know how much John Green and his books and vlogbrothers have meant to me. I’ve written about it again and again and again on this blog. After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I began a hunt for every book John had ever recommended. It was kind of a cuckoo big undertaking for one little blog post. But I was really proud of the effort I put into my list of 99 John Green Book Recommendations for Book Riot. And then I woke up this morning and saw:

And my whole mind basically exploded – but, you know, in a good way. I don’t know if I’ve ever liked my name as much as seeing it on JOHN GREEN’s twitter.

 

NaNoWriMo – Day One

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I guess, I’m doing it again. I’ve technically already started this project, but only in the last few weeks and I still have under 10,000 words in the new draft. So I’m committing to try and write 50,000 new words on book 2 in November. Wish me luck and feel free to leave me any encouragement or advice you have in the comments!

Some Recent BookRiot Articles

Hi friends! I feel like I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit. I have a blessed life, but juggling writing, revisions, teaching, blogging for BookRiot, planning my syllabus for the fall…this is boring. You get the point. I’m in over my head, and I’m so so so grateful for your patience and for everyone that’s still reading. While I queue up some good post for next week, here are some of my favorite, recent BookRiot articles. Hope you all are having beautiful ends to your summers – where does the time go?

More soon … I promise. xoxo

 

Author Interview: Betsy Cornwell

VenturessBetsy and I met in college, but even though I had a big friend crush on her I was way too shy to talk to her much. Then I reached out about how much I loved her first book Tides and an online friendship sparked into being. In another life, we are roommates conquering the NYC publishing world together and drinking beers on the weekend at The Way Station. But since she lives with her dreamy family in Ireland, I have to settle for some of the kindest, most supportive emails a friend/aspiring writer could ever ask for. Betsy’s third book Venturess is out today. It is the sequel to the badass, feminist Cinderella retelling Mechanica and my very favorite thing that Betsy’s written so far.  Expect a (glowing!) review soon. But for now, Betsy was kind enough to answer some questions for me…  Continue reading

Good Days, Good Weeks

Hi friends and happy Saturday! The weather is coldish and gloomy in New York City today, but that’s okay with me. I happy curled up on the blue chair in my room, typing out words on this laptop. This week was a good writing week. Thursday was a *very* good writing day. I’m working on a hardcore outline for my next novel. It’s totally weird to think about new characters, new conflicts, a new voice. But on Thursday everything started gelling together in my brain. I started working in the morning expecting to go for about two hours. Instead, with a few breaks, I kept going until around midnight. Continue reading