Some writers don’t talk much about the writing process. Maybe they think that’s the first rule of Write Club. Other authors share abundantly. Marissa Meyer is generous with her advice. She shares not only basic advice for aspiring writers that many authors share, but she also goes in-depth, as in this nine-part series that guides you by hand through the entire process from brainstorming ideas through outlining, drafting, and final editorial revisions. Her blog series could easily be developed into an ebook, and she even follows up with a post answering questions readers had about the series. That’s not even all that she’s written about her writing process; her blog is peppered with information for aspiring novelists. If you’ve ever wondered what a draft looks like in-process (as opposed to the finalized form you buy at Barnes & Noble), she has a post detailing how she color-codes subplots and characters arcs, complete with pictures of her workspace while this is underway.
Here’s some of my favorite advice from her post about completing a first draft:
Finish it, finish it, finish it.
So that you know you can.
Finishing stuff is hard, and there’s always a shiny new idea ready to coax you away. But finishing that first draft is an accomplishment that can never be taken away from you.
Also, it will give you something to work with in revisions…
Marissa Meyer’s newest book, Stars Above, came out yesterday.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, 2016
The enchantment continues….
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link): Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection