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July 05, 2012

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Julie

Wonderful info, Shannon! I look forward to these book club entries every day. This particular chapter really made me feel for Miri. Sometimes it is necessary to make your MC suffer, because it keeps things tense and raises the stakes. Love how Miri's attempts at joking are actually so astute and reasonable that they seem to be undermining of authority.

Heather

This chapter is the one where I really fell in love with Miri. I really identify with her. It made me so mad that she was punished for trying to help Gerti and then when they all got punished just because she was talking. I know my mouth (and talking when I wasn't supposed to be, not necessarily what I said) got me in trouble a LOT as a kid.

By the way, do you realize how hard it is to read just one chapter a day? But, since I always follow assignments exactly, a chapter a day it is lol

How do you hear the names of the characters pronounced in your head? It's always weird for me when I discover I've been hearing a name a different way and have to try to fix it in my head. My daughter read Ally Condie's Matched and Crossed a few months ago, became obsessed with the stories as she often does when reading books she loves, and read everything related to them she could on-line. It was then that she discovered that she was hearing Cassia's name wrong. I read them after that discovery and was glad because, having never heard of that particular flower before that, I totally would have been hearing it wrong. With names like the ones in PA, I really wonder if I am hearing them the way you are or not. Actually, come to think of it, I hear Peder's name two different ways. I guess it just depends on which way my brain wants to read it at the time.

Mary mom of 4

I think you are very brave to do this summer book club! :) As a former blogger and a mom, I can see that it's a lot of work to commit yourself to! My question(s) is - Do you define your chapters as you go along? Have you predetermined what you want to happen in each chapter (made an outline) or do you just let things unfold? (PS - Thanks for being willing to answer questions and do this exercise. It's very interesting to read your thoughts.)

Amy

I am loving this summer book club! I already feel like I'm more intimately acquainted with the story, and we're just to chapter 4! I'm sure it must be a ton of work!

My question is similar to some that have already been asked. so I hope you'll forgive the redundancy: When you begin a story, do you write out a general outline? In other words, do you have an idea of where you want the story to go, or do you just start writing and see where the story takes you? I ask this because I've heard from other authors who say they just write chapter by chapter, and my organized and "see-the-end-from-the-beginning" nature screams out in protest at this method. So I wanted to see what you do since I love and respect your writing so much. Thanks!

PK

I'm enjoying these posts so much!
Haha, the first time I read "Miri has a goal!" I misread it as "Miri has a goat!"

Paige

I really appreciate your comments about page 54. I'm not sure if I feel it was the right choice or not, but I like that it shows the consequences of the choice. I think that is such an important thing to see in books. Is it difficult as you write to ensure the actions have consequences?

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I think you are very brave to do this summer book club! :) As a former blogger and a mom, I can see that its a lot of work to commit yourself to! My question(s) is - Do you define your chapters as you go along? Have you predetermined what you want to happen in each chapter (made an outline) or do you just let things unfold? (PS - Thanks for being willing to answer questions and do this exercise. Its very interesting to read your thoughts.)
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