Beth Revis is the reason I really wanted to be a part of the Bookanistas. Okay, I really didn’t know her. BUT the love the Bookanistas obviously felt for her when they made this incredible video made me want to join this group. And anyone who could get a bunch of writers to dance – onscreen for posterity – was someone I wanted to know. Since the group let me sneak my way in, Beth has been generous with her advice and a great person to learn from. I wish I’d met her sooner so I could’ve danced on that video, too. Read on to see what lesson Beth has learned in the last year.
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The greatest lesson I learned since last year is that it doesn’t always get easier. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE was a hundred times easier to write than A MILLION SUNS. I expected A MILLION SUNS to be easier: after all, I was a full-time writer this time around, and had a synopsis, and had my editor behind me and…it was supposed to be easier this time around, wasn’t it?
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Of course it wasn’t. A MILLION SUNS was harder in a million different ways. The character motivations had to make sense for two books, not just one. I had to be aware of what happened in the previous book…and what needed to happen in the third.
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A surprising thing happened though. Whenever I started to get reallllllly down about writing Book 2…I’d get a positive review for Book 1. When the edits were at their hardest, I’d get a note from someone telling me thanks for my website. And the kind words of others made everything suddenly much, much better.
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So, perhaps, my biggest lesson wasn’t just that it doesn’t get easier–instead, it was that even when it gets harder, it’s still so, so, so worth it.
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And if you haven’t already bought it, be sure to pick up ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.
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And be sure to check back tomorrow to see what lesson Kathleen Peacock has learned!