Meagan Spooner
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

2017-11-06T11:42:38-05:00

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

2017-11-06T11:44:34-05:00

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."
One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

2017-11-06T11:48:19-05:00

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

2017-11-06T12:09:41-05:00

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.
Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

2017-11-06T12:13:28-05:00

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.
Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

2017-11-27T09:17:02-05:00

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.
With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.

Booklist (Starred Review)

2017-11-27T10:01:57-05:00

Booklist (Starred Review)

With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.
This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.

VOYA

2017-11-27T10:05:07-05:00

VOYA

This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.
Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.

VOYA Magazine, starred review

2017-11-27T10:27:43-05:00

VOYA Magazine, starred review

Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.
An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?

Children's Literature

2017-11-27T10:29:04-05:00

Children's Literature

An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?
A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.


Marie Lu

2017-11-27T15:17:04-05:00

Marie Lu

A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.
Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

VOYA

2017-11-27T15:18:24-05:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

FAQ: How do you make yourself write so much and not get distracted?

This question comes most recently from a school visit, but I get variations on it a lot. (“Isn’t it hard to make yourself work when there’s no one to make sure you’re doing it?”) It seems like an appropriate post for New Year’s Day, when everybody’s busy making resolutions and promises to themselves!

The brief answer is: I just do. I make myself work because for me, writing beats any other job I could have. And to make it work I have to work.

But the question’s really asking about discipline and willpower, and given that those were never my strong suits, I completely understand what this genre of question is getting at. And I do have ways to fake it ‘til you make it, so to speak.

This is my personal strategy. I’m not saying these methods will work for everyone, but if you’re struggling with productivity or focus, it’s worth trying. It’s worth trying everything once, even if you don’t think it’s for you.

1. Write every day. I know, I know. Everyone hates this one. But it’s true. I set myself a very low minimum word count (500 words) that I have to meet every day when I’m drafting, no matter what. (EVERY DAY. If you let yourself miss even one day, it ruins the momentum and makes it much harder to get it going again.) For me, 500 words is so easy that it’s not daunting to have to sit down and do it, but it’s long enough that usually, by the end of it, I’ve gotten into the right headspace and I end up writing more like 1-3k on an average day.

2. Be accountable to someone who’s not you. Everyone fudges things a little, and if you’re especially good at procrastination like me, the person with whom you’re best at bending the truth is yourself. So make someone else who you trust the person who holds you accountable. Make sure they know that they are not allowed to let you off the hook. Start by actually sending them the writing that you’re doing (they don’t have to read it, just check it’s there). Then just report in that you’ve done your words. Eventually you won’t need to report into them at all, because the habit will be formed.

3. Limit your resolutions. If you make ten different resolutions (write every day, lose weight, start getting 8 hours of sleep, cook five nights a week) the change in your lifestyle can be quite dramatic and hard to stick to. And as soon as you crumble on one resolution it’s exponentially easier to crumble on the others as well. Figure out your priorities. If other things are more important right now, focus on those first. When it is time to focus on writing, make that your only lifestyle change. Let it settle, give it time to take root. Let your mind and body adjust to this new commitment without burdening them with half a dozen other changes. Wait until you can’t imagine NOT writing every day before you go on a weight loss campaign or decide to take up badminton.

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9 Responses to “FAQ: How do you make yourself write so much and not get distracted?”

  1. Kari Marie says:

    Strong advice. I love the idea of letting change progress slowly. Don’t overburden with too many things to worry about.

    Happy New Year.

    • Meagan says:

      It’s the only way I can get anything done. Besides, if I undertake a bunch of stuff at once, as soon as I let one fall by the wayside… the rest is just waiting to fall too!

  2. Meeting goals and sitting down to write is almost never a problem for me – it’s making sure I’m organized and sticking to my goals. Here’s to a great 2012!

  3. Great advice, Meg – and very true. It’s so much easier to think about writing and other goals in small chunks. Or doing something for 15 minutes, rather than an hour – like exercise or the like. 😉 Happy New Year to you!

  4. Meg's Mom says:

    Meg is not kidding about this. She stayed overnight at home on Christmas Eve, got up on Christmas morning and opened presents and ate the traditional Christmas morning breakfast, and went up to her old room to write at least 500 Christmas Day words. Is this the kid who never — NEVER! — cleaned her room without being nagged?

    • Meagan says:

      Mooooooooooooom!

      (But seriously: Thank goodness I have a tolerant family. Whenever I’m visiting, they just nod and send me off to do my words when I say I have to work. <3)

      • Oh gosh, this made me laugh! I was at my mom’s house in a different state for Thanksgiving and LATE on turning in the full manuscript for BUTTERFLY. Well, my editor said I was fine, but I had hoped to turn it in to her in October since she’d never even read it yet and we go to copy edits in February! (And I thought – if she hates this – I may have to start all over again and then the book will be delayed by months or a year!)

        I wrote the last 7,000 words in the back room at a card table with all kinds of family and nieces and nephews around! It was crazy! I kept saying to everyone as they barged in and out, “I’m almost done, I’m almost done,” and the last few chapters just kept going on and on and on . . . whew!

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