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I’m starting to understand how it can take five years to write a novel…

Ear (or maybe sinus?) infection continues apace. Went to the doctor. He prescribed antibiotics but said he didn’t expect them to work, and he was right. It’s funny how often people are like, “Have you gone to the doctor?” Doctors aren’t magic. There are lots of things they can’t cure. One of those things is […]

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It shouldn’t be a surprise to me, but the YA publishing industry has done a really good job of improving my book’s love plot

When I was writing this book, I knew it had to have a love story in it, because I knew that its main character, Reshma, was obsessed with being the best, and part of being the best in high school is being able to elicit romantic interest from the opposite sex. But I, like my protagonist, […]

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For someone who doesn’t believe in revision, I sure have benefited a lot from it

I’m not going to lie. I hate revision. I’m not a strong believer in it. And of my own accord, I would do very little of it. In general, I feel as thought it’s easier to just get things right the first time, you know? That having been said, it’s unbelievable how much better Enter Title Here […]

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You just put one letter in front of another and eventually it’s done

Now that I’m getting close(r) to the end, it’s interesting to ponder this whole novel-revision experience. In many ways, it’s been emotionally similar to writing the novel in the first place. At the beginning, it felt very overwhelming. I had to make so many fine little changes and untangle so many little things. I’d spend […]

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Bit shocking how different my novel is becoming

I am in my final two weeks of revisions on Enter Title Here. And even though I knew that I was going to be making some fairly in-depth (maybe moderate depth) changes to the book, I hadn’t imagined what it would feel like to write those changes. Like, there are new scenes and new chapters. […]

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More than halfway through these revisions

Ooof, revising is some kind of process, I’ll tell you what. Today, I sat down and made a list of the scenes that I thought I’d need to insert into the novel between where I am (the halfway point) and the 2/3rds point. Adding scenes to a mostly-complete novel is an amazing feeling. On the […]

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Getting back into revision mode

Doing major revisions on this book for the first time in about a year. It’s a little weird, because the voice in the book is, to me, so distinct. But, to a large extent, it was written about two years ago, in January of 2013. Which means that the voice and most of the language […]

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Got paid and also got my edit letter from Disney

Today, I got an invoice from Disney’s royalty department, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to get paid within a week. It will be good to have the money. My contract divides my advance into three equal payments for each book. What I just got was the signing advance for each book (i.e. I got one third […]

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I have a better understanding of how to write books than how to revise them

I’ve written first drafts of lots of books, but I’ve only ever brought two books from first draft to submittable form. And in both cases, it was a bit of a haphazard process. With This Beautiful Fever, I did real editing. In fact, I deleted the whole first third of the book and rewrote it. But […]

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Going through Enter Title Here for approximately the millionth time

Well, as we ready this sucker for submission, I am left to go through this manuscript one final time. This time, my agent went so far as to actually print it out, circle the typos, and mail it to me for correction (the manuscript arrived in an envelope that’d been torn open sometime during the […]

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