Happy Birthday, Marissa Meyer, born 19 February 1984.
- Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.
- If you’re wondering if you should outline your novel, I think it’s a good idea to give it a try and see whether or not it works for you. Every writer is different and there is no right or wrong way to write a novel—as long as you write it!
- I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.
- Once I have my heart set on turning an idea into a story, I start to dig a little deeper. I ask a lot of questions: Who is the protagonist and what do they want? What other characters are needed for the story? Who is the love interest and how do they factor into the plot? What is the main conflict? What is the world like that the story takes place in?
- During the first draft, I generally write anywhere from 3,000-6,000 words per day, which means I can get through it in a month or less.
- When you get stuck: Ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that could happen to my characters right now? Do that. It’s a pretty handy trick. I use it a lot.
Read more about Marissa Meyer’s writing process, My Writing Process: 9 Steps from Idea to Finished
Source for photograph: Marissa Meyer / Credit: Connie Riggio
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