Talking Myth, Magic, Selkies and Sailcloth with Deep Water author Lu Hersey

Lu Hersey’s novel Deep Water won the 2013 Mslexia Children’s Novel Writing Award. Since it was published in 2015, it has been shortlisted for the Wirral Paperback of the Year Award and it was named by The Guardian as one of the best children’s books of 2015. In my house Deep Water has fans of many ages, so it’s a delight to ask Lu about her writing process and how she weaves in the myth and magic that runs through her work…

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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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