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September Roundup & Grinding Out A First Draft

September Roundup & Grinding Out A First Draft

September 24, 2018

A roundup of this month's guests and topics, as well as my advice on how to grit your teeth and get the first draft down.

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

It’s a Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt 

Writing Modern Teens With Lauren Gibaldi

Writing Modern Teens With Lauren Gibaldi

September 17, 2018

Today’s guest is Lauren Gibaldi author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, AUTO FOCUS and THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD. Lauren is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (seriously). She has a BA in Literature and Master’s in Library and Information Studies. 

Lauren joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about landing her agent, and how her process of being a punster can occasionally backfire, but nothing is ever wasted. Also covered: how being a librarian has helped Lauren feel more connected to teens and benefited her writing career, as well as portraying artistic teens in fiction.

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Ten After Closing by Jessica Bayliss 

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Planning Vs. Pantsing & How Short Stories Help You Experiment: With Kelly DeVos

Planning Vs. Pantsing & How Short Stories Help You Experiment: With Kelly DeVos

September 10, 2018

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Today’s guest is Kelly DeVos author of FAT GIRL ON A PLANE. Kelly holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE is available now from Harlequin Teen. Her work has been featured in the New York Times as well as SheKnows and Bustle. Kelly joined me today to talk about landing her agent, and how her particular process of being a hardcore planner works to turn the spark of an idea into a novel. Also covered: the inspiration for FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, a discussion of the fashion world and body acceptance and how short stories can help you experiment with new ideas, characters, or methods.

 

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Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

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When Your Inspiration Fades & Why Dark Stories Matter With Megan Shepherd

When Your Inspiration Fades & Why Dark Stories Matter With Megan Shepherd

September 3, 2018

Today’s guest is Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy, THE CAGE Trilogy, THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL and THE GRIM LOVELIES. Megan joined me to talk about her process, and how the spark of an idea can sometimes get lost during the execution. Also covered: writing trilogies versus standalones, and why dark stories appeal to us. 

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