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cinder I’ve never tried to write a novel in November (National Novel Writing Month), but I cheer on my writer friends who make the attempt. And I salute those persistent friends who manage to complete a novel in a month’s time.

I’ve heard all the doubting Thomases and Thomasinas who say, “Why bother? Nothing good comes of writing a novel in thirty days.”

Actually, they’re wrong! Many NaNoWriMo novels prove quite successful, including one of my favorites, Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. Here’s the link to: Seven YA Must Reads That Started As NaNoWriMo Projects from the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog if you want to read more.

So keep on writing NaNoWriMo challenge-takers. I wish you success, and admire your dedication.

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cinderI am a fan of Marissa Meyer’s young-adult science-fiction Lunar Chronicles Series: Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. Plus, I must admit to be eagerly awaiting my copy of her newest book, Fairest.

As a reader and writer, I like learning about an author’s take on their book, characters, writing habits, etc. – which is why I’m delighted to share a link to a Goodreads question session with Marissa Meyer.

I hope you enjoy Marissa Meyer on Goodreads as much as I do.

And if you visit the site, please take the time to visit my page and become a friend and fan. Also, if you’ve read one of my books, please post a rating and/or review. Thanks. 🙂

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I’m always interested in other writers’ writing processes. As a rather disorganized, write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer, I know I could be more productive if I’d become more organized.

I decided to check out one of my favorite writers, Marissa Meyer’s, writing process post. For those who haven’t discovered this author, she’s a very busy lady who has written a fabulous YA science fiction series, The Lunar Chronicles. (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress are on my bookshelf, and I await the next book in the series).

Here’s the link to Marissa Meyer’s series of posts on her Writing Process.  (As a bonus, she’s added videos, etc. into the posts).

This series of posts not only gave me some ideas, it also helped me clarify my writing process! I realized I had much more of a process than I’d given myself credit for. I, too, start with an idea, do research, outline characters, etc.

Writers, how about you? Do you have any writing process tips you’d like to share?

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Oct 2013 import 459 “Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.” – Diana Gabaldon

I agree with this quote. I return to books to revisit the characters I’ve grown to love. I enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books as a girl because of central character, Laura, and her family and friends. I re-read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, because I wanted to be like Jo. I’ve twice-read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and its sequels because of Katniss Everdeen. And I’m currently caught up in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress because of the characters.

Today’s quotable author, Diana Gabaldon, created two wonderful central characters: Claire and Jamie. And let’s be honest, most women would fall for Jaime.

Here’s another Gabaldon quote which would send many women into a swoon: “When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

How about you? Do characters draw you into a book? Do they make you re-read books?
(BTW, this photo and all others posted with Diana Gabaldon quotes were taken by me in Scotland).

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I was delighted to learn my fondness for Young Adult books is shared by lots of other adults. I find in YA, the stories move along at a brisk pace, there’s a feeling of growth and discovery, and the main character’s flaws are not only forgiveable, but expected, since they’re “coming of age” during the story.

cinder The most recent YA novel I’ve read is CinderBook I of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (and I await the arrival of the next 2 books in the series). Readers, do you enjoy Young Adult books, too? Why?

By the way, this post was written 2 weeks ago before a heated discussion on adults reading YA hit the internet. I’ve decided to share a few of those posts with you over the next couple of weeks. I think you’ll be surprised at the strong opinions this subject is generating! Here’s the first Adults reading YA link: Thirtysomething Teen – An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean.

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