by Julie Kagawa
What is your writing process like?
I go into my office every morning and I try to write 1,000 words. That is my quota; 1,000 words a day. Sometimes they come easy and I'm done in a couple hours, sometimes it takes all afternoon and into the evening. But I don't consider myself finished for the day until I've written at least 1,000 words.
How do you know an idea for a book is the right one to pursue?
You just have to go with what you want to write. What speaks to you? What gets you excited? Don't worry that your idea might not be popular; write what works for you.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
In the words of a famous fish: just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Writing is a skill, one that you have to practice at to get better. Never stop writing, and remember, all writers started out the same: unpublished and unknown. The ones that made it are the ones that never stopped writing.
Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, that you've found useful?
Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird is one of my favorite books on writing, as well as On Writing by Stephen King.
What is your favourite recent read?
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. Think Pirates of the Caribbean with an all female cast. It was pretty aweseme.