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.
Katie Ganshert says
Ooo! That’s a REALLY good one! And what do you mean by the class of 2K12? Is that anybody whose debut releases in 2012?
Beth Kephart says
could not be more true. ABSOLUTELY.
but this doesn’t mean it ain’t hard.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Katie, I should have defined my terms. Sorry! The Class of 2k12 is a group of debut middle-grade and young adult novelists. It’s a great place of support and group promotion.
Beth, YES to the hard part.
A.L. Sonnichsen says
What wonderful advice! I’d never thought of finding a process that works for each book, but now that I think about it, that’s true!
Carol Baldwin says
Good advice. Each and every book has its own personality.
Tom M Franklin says
Great line. I love the thinking behind this.
(And thanks for sharing!)
Lydia Kang says
That is great advice.
Can’t wait to read your book next year!
Karen Strong says
Excellent advice. Love it.