Part of my responsibilities as co-president of the Class of 2k12 is collecting interviews and guest posts (meant to run next year) to pass on to book bloggers. This gives me the opportunity to read up on members’ books and get to know their work intimately. I’ve also been able to learn about the ways my classmates approach their writing, something I never tire of.
Author J. Anderson Coats recently shared something in a post that, while working on my new manuscript, has given me a lot of freedom:
The best piece of advice I ever got was from Elizabeth Bear, a fantasy writer I admire greatly. She said, “Learn to write this book.” If I have a “process,” it’s to take each novel as it comes and use the writing tools in my toolbox to construct it according to its needs.
Thanks, Jillian, for helping me approach my new manuscript in the way best for this book.