Today, Jennifer Echols is here to kick of ABaaL’s “How I Write” feature! Jennifer is the author of YA romantic comedies and dramas, such as Love Story, and Such a Rush (click for my reviews). Many thanks to Jennifer for participating! Check out her Q&A, and then enter the giveaway for a chance to win your choice of one of her books (that’s in print)!
Are you a planner (outline, etc.) or “pantser”?
I used to be a planner, but the more I do this, the pantsier I get!
What time of day do you find you write best? Or you enjoy more?
I get up at 4:30 a.m. to write because that’s when my brain works best. My favorite time is a little later when I can take my coffee and my laptop outside and enjoy the birds and the morning.
What kind of mood are you typically in when you write (happy, sad, etc.)?
I would say I’m not in a mood, or I pick up the mood of the book. It’s a lot like acting.
What resources do you recommend for new writers?
Well, since we’re talking about NaNoWriMo, No Plot? No Problem! by NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty is really terrific, and everybody should read it for inspiration before they get started. I also love Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon for explaining the basics of plotting. Once you’re done with your book, everybody should read 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might by Pat Walsh, an editor. I wish this book had been available when I was first submitting my manuscripts to agents and editors.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
Write the book you want to read.
Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before?
I have participated in NaNoWriMo, won it, and loved it. The first time I wrote a book I call The Book I Love So Much That I Will Die If It Doesn’t Sell. It didn’t sell and I didn’t die. I’ve still got my fingers crossed for it, though. The second time was last year, and I wrote more than half of my first adult romance coming out next February, Star Crossed. I would participate every year if I could, but now that I have more books to write, I’m likely to get interrupted with a revision or a copyedit for a different book.