Saturday, February 11, 2017

Still working.



Writing a book takes me a long time. There are ALWAYS times when it feels too hard, too unimportant, too lonely. My process seems to be: take a few steps in the dark, fall, lie there, eventually get up, take a few more steps. Slowly, the landscape of the story becomes easier to see, almost knowable. There is a feeling of recognition that creeps in - scenes and notes are coalescing into . . . something.

I once took a writing workshop with Dani Shapiro where she said that, often, we just have to allow structure to emerge from the fog. I have mostly found that there's no other way.

In other news, I may soon have OTHER NEWS.

Happy New Year.

(And yes, I know it's February.)




7 comments:

Susan Stern said...

So interesting to read about your process and so intriguing to see the hint of other news. Hope you'll share that soon, and that you will have a happy and productive New Year.

Susan Stern

Ariel said...

It's so encouraging to read about your writing process! I write middle grade contemporaries myself, so your books have inspired me a lot.

Ariel

Larry said...

I was quite taken with this post, and so I read it aloud today at the faculty lunch table where I work. Your description of your process was met with much laughter. The consensus opinion was that "Take a few steps in the dark, fall, lie there, eventually get up" was an all-too-familiar process to all!
I am glad to read the sentence "Writing a book takes me a long time." I am honestly grateful for every hour you spend agonizing over the emerging structure. Your process hasn't let you down yet! Four magnificent novels! I wait patiently, money in hand, for when you complete this latest effort. Warm regards!

Rebecca Stead said...

Many thanks, you guys! The encouragement is mutual.
I don't know what I would do without our far-flung, often-quiet-but-not-invisible writing community.

Bookaholic said...

Just a random reader here, but agh I am so excited!!! I've read all of the books you've written, I own two, and every single one has changed me for the better. The way you write just mesmerizes me and I can't help but fall into the story and into the world. Especially Liar and Spy. Just about combusted reading that one. I absolutely adore your books and will be sitting here, trying to patiently wait for the next one. And if this one is even half as good as the others, I know it will be practically perfect in every possible way. Good luck!

Rebecca Stead said...


Thanks very much, Bookaholic! Your words made my day.

Kierra said...

I loved liar and spy!
ITS THE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ!!!!!!!🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂