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Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:34:11 AM »

Please? ;D

Scott, I've always wanted to ask you if you have a CP that you have read over your work before sending it off? Or is that Justine's job?

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 Also, I know the average word count for YA novels, but How many words do yours come out to? One more: On average how many words are each of your chapters?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 10:40:34 AM »

Scott-

Do you have novels that you started and then abandoned? What are they about?

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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2010, 10:57:55 AM »

Scott-
Is there a phrase or word that you really like? Do you ever use it in your writing?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 11:02:26 AM »

How do you do your writing? On paper, into a word processor, something else? Or a combination of things?

Also I think someone else mentioned your complex world building elsewhere...do you keep lots of notes about the worlds somewhere? And if so do you even try to organize them? (I do but I can't figure out a system at all...)
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 11:06:53 AM »

Ooh ooh another question!-  how did you feel when you got your 1st book published?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2010, 11:13:46 AM »

How do you come up with names for characters?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2010, 11:26:40 AM »

Scott, I've always wanted to ask you if you have a CP that you have read over your work before sending it off? Or is that Justine's job?

I read my work out loud to Justine, which helps in two ways: She can make comments about pacing, and I can HEAR what's clumsy as I say it aloud.

Also, I know the average word count for YA novels, but How many words do yours come out to? One more: On average how many words are each of your chapters?

Uglies is 87,000. Leviathan 78,000. So Yesterday is my shortest, at 56,000.

My chapters are all over the place, but for Leviathan I get worried when they start going over 2,500. That's the style of that series: action and adventure, so no long chapters.
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2010, 11:27:10 AM »

I would like to know how you got your start in writing professionally. This question is something I ask a lot because it is of PARTICULAR INTEREST to me. :D
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2010, 11:29:09 AM »

Do you have novels that you started and then abandoned? What are they about?

Hmm, I started a sequel to So Yesterday, which was funny for 1100 words, but I had no idea where to go next.

All my other abandoned novels are from twenty years ago. There was one which was rich kids at a boarding school that was a fake spaceship, or something. It was like Clique in Space! My guess is that it sucked.
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2010, 11:29:34 AM »

scott, i found  the cutting parts of specials very emotional, how do you manage to get such realistic feeling into your characters and make the readers feel so strongly about your writing?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2010, 11:30:41 AM »

Do you save stories that you have started but abandoned, and if you do, do you ever read them again after months or years and find inspiration to pick it back up?

Also, what advice would you give to someone who wants to get a book published in the future?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2010, 11:32:38 AM »

Crim13: Here's my post about Uglies character names:

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/?p=174
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2010, 11:35:08 AM »

I have this problem where i'll watch a movie or read a book, and i'll just end up adding my own characters who are,more often than not, close to the main characters.  They make up some really great stories of their own and i want to write those stories down, how can i find a way to do that without copywriting??
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2010, 11:35:38 AM »

Thanks I already read that in bogus to bubbly but I was just wondering if there was something more. Thanks though I think it's cool to be given tips from a writer in person!
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2010, 11:36:05 AM »

Do you save stories that you have started but abandoned, and if you do, do you ever read them again after months or years and find inspiration to pick it back up?

Yes and yes. It actually take me much longer to write short stories than novels, because I have to set them aside for years at a time to get fresh inspiration. With novels, I feel like I can just keep on plugging until i have an ending. (That does't work with short stories, because if you try it, you wind up with a novel.)

Also, saved short stories can ultimately wind up as other things, like ideas for scenes in novels, or character in novels, or whatever.

But basically, save all your writing. If nothing else, your old stuff will show you how much better you've gotten.
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