Doing It With Someone Else: Collaborative Writing in YA Fiction

Writing often seems like a solitary activity. Yet recently I’ve noticed some of the most talented writers in Young Adult Fiction collaborating together. What is it really like to write with someone else? I asked creative partners Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan, authors of We Come Apart; and Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan, authors of Everybody Hurts.

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5 Things I Learned About Writing This Year

I’m only in the first year of my Creative Writing PhD, but here are some of the things that have helped me write my YA novel so far.

1.    Focus on process

 I’ve stopped obsessing over word count and started logging what I do each day. I found that walking helps when I hit a wall. And that early mornings and late afternoons are my best times for writing.

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Meg Rosoff tells me about her latest book, how a novel can start with a single line, and her tips for new writers.

I’m very excited to interview one of my all-time favourite authors, Meg Rosoff. One of the finest writers working today, her 2004 debut novel How I Live Now is set in a contemporary Britain being all-too convincingly torn apart by war. She went on to publish more award-winning novels, including Just In Case, What I Was and Picture Me Gone – all utterly different from each other, but all featuring characters who may be odd or damaged or searching, but who are surprising and unforgettable.  

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