July 8: Writing with Friends

Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan, Scott Westerfeld

“Writing with Friends”

How to collaborate on a novel while not losing your mind (or your pal)

Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Authors Justine Larbalestier (Liar) and Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon) recently joined forces to write Team Human. It’s a very funny novel about Mel Duan, a whip-smart high-schooler who’s desperately trying to stop her best friend from falling in love with the wrong guy. Of course, that guy just happens to be a vampire. On July 8–TONIGHT!–they’re coming to Figment to tell YOU all about the pros and cons of collaboration. Hosting our latest live chat is . . . wait for it . . . the epicawesome Scott Westerfeld (aka Justine’s husband). Justine, Sarah, and Scott will be taking your questions in the second half of the hour. Join us right here on this page tonight!

12 thoughts on “July 8: Writing with Friends

  1. Ah I can’t wait, Scott Westerfeld, I absolutely adore him and his books!! Because you gotta have a brilliant mind to write a brilliant book. (I love all these authors here, don’t get me wrond, they are all amazing, but for me, Scott just bets’em all!!)

  2. This is going to be so cool!
    Scott and Justine: how do you incorporate romance into a novel when you’ve never been in a relationship? Do you imagine it or wait to get the experience?
    Also, what do you do if writing a novel takes longer than expected? Do you keep plugging ahead until it’s finished or try to pick up the pace? What are ways to write faster?

    • Jaya,
      as an aspiring novelist myself, I would suggest…
      With the romance, write it however you wish it would happen! Not all relationships are alike, so you can make one happen however you like! That’s what’s awesome about writing, is you can make it up as you go along. You can draw on other things you’ve read, or from other people in your life who DO have experience in relationships. It’s probably best if you don’t make relationships TOO perfect though, or they aren’t as interesting. And of course, when you get the experience yourself you can incorporate that in too.
      When a novel takes longer than expected… In my experience, this is ALWAYS the case. Often lack of motivation, plus yummy food and other distracting things are the culprit. I can’t really say what it’s like for people who have deadlines with writing and have actually published stuff, but when you have all the time in the world, I would say, don’t give up on your novel! Absolutely do what’s in your power to finish the story! Heheh… But I know what it’s like to be bored or impatient with it. Then you should give it a break. And if you do happen to have all that time… take as long a break as you’d like. 😀
      Ways to write faster- think about your story all the time until you are bursting with ideas and want to write them down. When you come up with ideas, record them so you don’t forget them! And with as much detail as possible so you don’t have to embellish them as much later when writing, you already have a full blown idea. Also, scheduling time to just sit down and write is helpful, or you can convince yourself there are other things to do instead, like, eat yummy food, as I said before, while simultaneously convincing yourself that you are being productive. Hah.
      Good luck!

  3. oh my goodness. when i saw this on my twitter feed, i literally fainted a bit, shrieked into a pillow and did a nerdfight-tastic happy dance!! :DD mr. westerfeld, you are in fact my favourite author and made me even more obsessed with forbidden romances and steampunk! i really want to know how to really start writing a novel because i am a aspiring novelist starting secondary school but am not really sure how to… dig into it i suppose.

  4. I love Scott Westerfeld, and I just love his books. I remember my friend was reading them in 6th grade and told me I should read them I was a little worryed at first but after I read the first book I loved it!! Then after that I asked my parents for the books and i got all four, now im going to be a sophomore next year and I still read them! If you guys made the Uglies (and the rest of the books)into a movie I would be one of the happiest people alive I love them.

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