Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chasing Up Trees and Throwing Rocks

Last month at the Western Washington SCBWI Annual Conference, I had the privilege of meeting and listening to advice from funny guy and NY Times bestselling author, Jay Asher.

On Sunday afternoon he lead a breakout session on writing suspense called "No Bookmarks Allowed". Since I read his bestselling novel Thirteen Reasons Why in one shot, I suspected the talk would be worth my time. And it was worth a whole lot more than my time.

What is the one thing he said that has echoed through my mind for the past month? "Chase your main characters up a tree, and then throw rocks at them."

I'm not sure if that quote was original, or whether he borrowed it from someone else, but let me tell you, I'm having loads of fun incorporating that advice into my works-in-progress.

How about you?

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: Something, Maybe (E. Scott) Little Brother (C. Doctorow) Jellicoe Road (M. Marchetta)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Angelina,

    Jay Asher was so amazing, really!

    I'm also having fun with my work, just got to tighten my boots and get to it faster.

    On a different note, I've tagged you in my blog for a meme:-) Do write in.


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