10 emotions you have when writing a book
Writing a book is a rollercoaster. You literally experience all the feels from beginning to end. Let me explain, in inner monologue:
1. Excitement: Oh my gosh, I have this new book idea! It’s going to be so good. I’m so excited to write it.
2. Joy: This is going so well! I have so many ideas! I’ll finish this in no time. Writing is FUN!
3. Concern: Ugh, this scene is dragging. I don’t want to write it, and I don’t know where to go next. It’s okay, it’s okay, I can keep going.
4. Dread: Do I have to write today? This scene is honestly going nowhere. Let me take a day off. The story needs time to develop. Right?
5. Envy: I bet other authors aren’t experiencing writers block. I bet they write all the time. Their books are so much better than mine.
6. Utter conviction: My book is doomed. Everyone will hate it. I’m a fraud of a writer. A FRAUD.
7. Hope: Oh, wait, this is kind of interesting. Let me write this scene and see where it leads.
8. Panic: NOWHERE. IT LEADS TO NOWHERE. MY EDITOR IS GOING TO HATE ME.
9. Drive: Let me just get to the end. If I finish, I can hate it then. I can do it!
10. Excitement: OH MY GOSH I FINISHED! I DID IT! I LOVE YOU BOOK, I LOVE YOU!
…aaaaand repeat for every book you write after. It’s not a one-time thing. The thing is, we all experience it, and we all make it through. It’s exhausting, definitely, but it’s so incredibly worth it. Because holding a finished copy of your book in your hands? Absolutely magical.
It’s always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn’t quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete.
So Maude decides to visit her best friend, Treena, at college in Tallahassee, Florida, where Maude’s birth mother once lived. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena has changed. With a new boyfriend and a packed social calendar, Treena doesn’t seem to have time for Maude—or helping Maude in her search.
Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude in her search, she starts to find that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future.
Lauren Gibaldi has crafted a beautiful and timely coming-of-age story that poses the question: Is who we are determined at birth, or can we change as we grow?
ABOUT LAUREN GIBALDI:Public librarian and author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, MATT'S STORY (a Night We Said Yes novella), and AUTOFOCUS (out 6/14/16), all with HarperTeen / HarperCollins. Fan of dinosaurs and cheesy jokes. And you.
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