Tag Archives | Ideas

High Fidelity: the Romance of the Big Idea

I’m going to ask other authors to jump in and correct me if their experience has differed, but the number one question I get at events and online (and by a very large margin) is, “Where did you get the idea for Shadow and Bone?” And recently, I was asked by a reader (through the AskBox on Tumblr which I LOVE—come ask me things!), “When you have many ideas, which one do you choose to […]

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Facing the Blank Page

Lately, whenever I “finish” a novel I find myself thinking, “I couldn’t possibly have written that story. Someone else sat down at my computer and did it for me. How did I make this happen?” I submitted my first draft of Taken‘s sequel to my editor about a month and a half ago, and just a few weeks back, I sent a revised version of a stand-alone WIP to my agent. (It’s these kind of […]

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The Mysterious Getting of Ideas

One of the most common questions writers get is about their ideas: where they get them, what they are doing when they get them, and why they get them. As far as I can tell, the getting of ideas is a very mysterious process. Everyone wants to know about it. Well, my friends, I’m here to give you some answers. I’ve asked the question so you don’t have to. Where do the Pub Crawl girls […]

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D.E.A.R Time Just Wouldn’t Be the Same

Alright guys. Time for a history lesson. …Huzzah? I promise it’s cool! Most people assume, if not know, that books haven’t always been books as they are today. First they were clay tablets in the Ancient Near East, then papyrus all over the Roman Empires, then parchment took over in the Middle Ages when colder, wetter climates in the north turned out to be not so hot for how fragile papyrus was. But it wasn’t […]

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