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  • Writer's pictureKristina Atkins

What’s Up Wednesday: Two Year Anniversary Edition


Seraphina by Rachel Watson. It’s awesome and the writing is wonderful. Aaaand the other night I had a fun dream that Rachel Hartman was on the same plane as me. Sadly, I woke up before I could meet her. Bummer.


Would you believe I’m still making my way through my edits? See, I rearranged a bunch of scenes and shipped it off to my writing group … who thought the order needed a bit more tweaking. THIS TIME I THINK I’VE GOT IT! And I’m charging full steam ahead. So, we’ll see if that bites me in the butt later.

So, you might want to ask: Kris, why are you editing the first 2/3s of the book when the last 1/3 hasn’t even been written yet? Shouldn’t you just always go full steam ahead in the first draft?

That’s a very good question. I’m glad you asked. As I’ve mentioned before, I was plugging along quite nicely when I hit the third act and got stuck. Beyond stuck. So I sent it to my brother who gave me lots of helpful critiques. As I went through these, I began to have a question in my mind about the essential premise of the book. I debated it for a long time, asked several people who are very familiar with the story and all had differing opinions, and fully decided we were all too close (me especially) and I needed a completely fresh opinion. Once I got that, the changes needed were huge. Aaaand I also realized I had written some scenes with one possibility in mind, and others with the other one. So, things were a bit goofy, obviously. And, as I’ve been going through these edits all sorts of new developments have been, well, developing and the tension is being amplified by, like, a million! See, I now realize part of my problem with getting stuck was I had killed the tension and there wasn’t enough to sustain the final act. (I’m a notorious tension killer. Good thing I have critique partners to yell at me when I do it!) The ending will be much different than it would’ve been. (Also, still not entirely sure how it’s going to all play out and I love that.) So, now this is all getting fixed and I can feel the third act finally within my grasp!*



There’s been a rash of Love Lists lately, and I need to update mine for FR. So, here we go!

  1. Lia and Jin

  2. Their interactions and dialogue–so much fun to write

  3. Gavin, the brother

  4. Jor, the neighbor

  5. Astrid, the best friend

  6. The Antangonist (who shall not be named)

  7. Fire!

  8. The UN

  9. Karaoke

  10. New York City, specifically:

  11. NYU

  12. Columbia

  13. Upper East Side

  14. Coney Island

  15. Summer time

  16. THE kiss

  17. Cute, post WWII neighborhood in New Jersey

  18. Fire!

  19. Unexpected connections

  20. Unexpected genetic traits

  21. Fortune telling gypsy

  22. Rocky coves in the Pacific Northwest

  23. Shattered windows

  24. Kicking butt and taking names

  25. The League of Nations

  26. Rooftop pool

  27. Red herrings and political intrigue

  28. Old photographs

  29. Pez dispensers

  30. And more fire!


First off, I just celebrated my blog’s two year anniversary! And by celebrate I mean I got an email from WordPress and said, “Oh, cool.” Yay!

Well, last week I went on a four-day camping trip dressed in pioneer-ish garb with a bunch of teenagers. I know it sounds weird, and it kinda is, but it was so much fun. I’ll be honest, being responsible for 9 teenagers 24/7 (with the Mister’s help, of course) was hard at times, but it reminded me why I write YA. I think teenagers are fun and great, and I want to give them awesome books to read.

Also! My CP, Kate Scott, interviewed me on her blog on Monday. You should check it out because, duh, it’s me! ~_^

*You know, as soon as I finish editing what I’ve got.

**You’re probably Huzzah!-ing that the long explanation is over.

#writing #youngadultbooks #reading #youngadultfiction #fiction

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