A while back, Jeff Vandermeer wrote Booklife, a book about writing that I recommend to a lot of people. Not too long ago while I was speaking about conflict and characters to students at the Shared Worlds writing camp Jeff helped found, he pulled me aside and asked me if he could quote my words about conflict in a book about writing and creativity he was working on. I said sure.
Jeff also asked if I could talk about revisions via email, so I talked a bit about the work I did on my second novel Ragamuffin.
Since then, I’ve been hearing updates from Jeff and Ann about the project. The amazing illustrations he was having done to illustrate theories about creating books, and it has sounded amazing. Last week I got a copy of the book, a thanks for my having contributed.
And let me say, it’s an amazing book. I’ve barely had any time to read it, but this is going up there with a handful of books I find really illuminating about the creative process. I’m really psyched that Jeff quoted me in this project.
For the curious, here are my words about revising Ragamuffin, illustrated by Jeremy Zerfoss:
Wonderbook goes on sale tomorrow:
I’m a very visual person. I would have loved to have had this when I was starting out. I love having it around right now, and I’m betting I will pick up a number of new techniques and thoughts. Because there’s always so much more we can learn.