Sometimes, the most daunting part about starting to write can be simply HOW you do it. But, don’t worry, some of your favorite YA authors are here to show us that there is no right or wrong way.
Check out some of their unique writing habits like writing in bed, listening to music, and even writing by hand!
“My favorite time to write is early in the morning, between the hours of 6 and 11 a.m. I also always have some kind of music playing: movie or video game soundtracks, ambient rain sounds, or piano music. Whatever it is, it can’t have lyrics!”
- Marie Lu, author of Batman: Nightwalker
“I write in bed. Someone once compared me to the grandparents in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And I thought, yes, that is the most apt comparison I’ve ever gotten.
The most important thing I do while writing, though, is give it my time. I know that sounds obvious, but it makes all the difference. I will write for weeks (sometimes months) on end, from when I get up until I’m exhausted. The story just takes over my life, and until it’s on paper, it’s hard for me to focus on anything else."
- Adriana Mather, author of Haunting the Deep
“I start each writing day by going back to the work I did the day before. Let’s say I wrote two thousand words, I’ll go back and revise my way through that writing as a warm-up exercise. It helps me to build a rhythm, reorient myself to the characters’ voices, and get things humming. It also has the happy side effect of making my writing from the day before a little cleaner.”
- Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia