Everything Everything is a YA(young adult) novel written by Nicola Yoon. It’s what I’m currently reading, and I’ve finished about 55% of it. YA is my favorite genre, and it’s been time since I picked up a really good YA book. I wanted to read this one because it’s movie comes out this year, and ofcourse, I wanted to read the book first, because of the universal rule that books are ALWAYS better. The two characters Madeline and Olly are amazing, which is why I want to finish the book but I also don’t want to finish the book. I feel for them and the imagery created by the author is remarkable. I’d definitely recommend this book.
Now onto how I write. Am I a pantser or a planner? For the non writing folk reading this blog post, “Simply put, a plotter or planner is someone who plans out their novel before they write it. A pantser is someone who, “flies by the seat of their pants,” meaning they don’t plan out anything, or plan very little.” most people are a mixture of both, but tend to lean heavily on one side. For me, it depends on what kind of thing I’m writing. When it comes to short stories, I’m definitely a pantser. I open the word document and start writing whatever comes to my mind. But when I tried the same thing for novel writing, for precisely 3 years, it was a disaster. I never even finished those drafts, because I didn’t plot them long enough to realize that they’re not so good ideas. But in NaNoWriMo 2016, I used the last week of October to plan my novel through flashcards, and it worked well. I was able to complete my 50,000 words. While writing poetry, I tend to switch sides. Sometimes I plan what I am going to write, but sometimes I sit and it flows on its own. If there’s an advice I had to give for novel writing, it’s that even if you identify yourself as a pantser, outline a few scenes of your novel, from beginning to end, because before you start, you, as an author, need to know how it’ll end.
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