Susan Dennard

Literary Birthday – 25 February – Susan Dennard

Happy Birthday, Susan Dennard, born 25 February 1984.


  1. The simple truth is we all plan to some extent or another, and much of that planning involves mulling for weeks at a time, jotting ideas down long-hand, chatting with trusted critique partners/friends, listening to music, and generally behaving like a serial killer (minus the killing part).
  2. Keep in mind that you might start 100% pantsing–pouring out dialogue and action without any clue where it’s going–but almost always, that approach will run out of steam. You’ll write the characters into a corner or realise you have absolutely no idea what happens next. Then, inevitably, you’ll either abandon the project (that was TOTALLY me in my early-early days of writing) or be forced to start planning so you know what to write next.
  3. I know I’m ready when I’m either ITCHING to write the first scene (this happens maybe 10% of the time) or when I know I have no more excuses not to sit in that darn chair and start typing. The latter situation is definitely the majority.
  4. I’m all about writing in long-hand. I revise by hand, I outline by hand, and I sometimes draft entire scenes by hand. I just find it easier to get my ideas onto the page when I’m writing with a pen.
  5. Magical cookies are those scenes or snippets or relationships or feelings that make you want to write a story. They are often the juicy little ideas that inspired you to write THIS story at THIS moment.
  6. If you don’t have any interest in writing a scene, then that scene DOES NOT NEED TO BE WRITTEN. Toss the idea out the window and go back to the drawing board.

Read her advice for writers. (Source for these quotes)

Susan Dennard is an American YA fantasy author. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series. When not writing, she can be found exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo, or slaying darkspawn.

Source for image: Author’s Media Kit

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th February 2020