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Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Author Insight: Writing Techniques

What writing technique or storytelling method is most intimidating to you?


"Writing news articles, for some reason. I cannot do it. Yet my graduate dissertation received honors - go figure." - Lia Habel, author of Dearly Departed.

"I can't get myself to write in third person.  There are really good reasons to write in third, too.  Narrator separate from a character allows for a different kind of reflection, gives you some ironic distance to play with, but I can't commit to it... Maybe for my fantastic MG mystery series!  (Which I haven't written.)" - Geoff Herbach, author of Stupid Fast.

"Interpretive dance.

I am not nearly coordinated enough to tell a story entirely with my body. Luckily, my preferred method involves just my fingers and a computer keyboard." - Sarah Beth Durst, author of Drink, Slay, Love.

"Multiple points of view. I think the voices have to be incredible to pull it off. Someday I’d like to try rewriting my first novel, the one that snagged me my awesome agent, from multiple points of view." - Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked.

"Writing a book with a non-linear narrative. I want to experiment with it at some point, but the idea makes me quake in my shoes." - Marianna Baer, author of Frost.

"Hmmm, I don’t know if I have an answer for that one.  I’m game for just about anything, and I play well with other children.  The most intimidating thing to me about writing, in general, is that first blank page.  There is nothing scarier than all that white space.
" - Ilsa Bick, author of Ashes.

"Multiple points of view. I’m doing that right now and it’s extremely challenging." - Angie Frazier, author of The Eternal Sea.

  "It's been a long time since I've written in third person. It was always my preferred method until a couple of years ago, but now...I wonder how I'd handle it!" - Stacey Jay, author of Juliet Immortal.

 "Outlining is surely one of the circles of hell." - Stephanie Perkins, author of Lola & the Boy Next Door.
"I can’t imagine writing a whole novel in second person, although some people have done it well." - Amy Garvey, author of Cold Kiss.
"Storyboarding scares the bejesus out of me. I cannot imagine plotting that thoroughly before I start writing." - Gemma Halliday, author of Deadly Cool.

  "Third person is intimidating, but my latest novel is in first person, 2 POV’s, so I feel that I could probably venture into that world eventually if I wanted." - Brena Pandos, author of The Emerald Talisman.


"Dialogue is very hard, especially in my historical novels.  I spend a lot of time reading old newspapers and books and checking dictionaries to make sure I have everything just so. Even then, it isn’t perfect." - Beth Kephart, author of You are My Only.


Find out Tuesday at what point the authors truly felt like authors! 
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