Saturday, April 22, 2017

0 Ann Brashares, author of THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER, on building a book in layers

We're thrilled to have Ann Brashares here to tell us more about her latest novel THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER.

How long did you work on THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER? 

I started thinking about it three years ago. It took me a little over two years and a lot of drafts to get the story down.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself? 

In the past I thought you had to get the essential story down in the first draft, and if you didn't, you probably never would. Sure you could fix a book up in subsequent drafts, I thought, but you couldn't build it that way. I don't think that anymore. This book came to exist in layers.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc? 

I typically work at the library until I get a feel for a book and start to enjoy it. Once I am underway I can write almost anywhere. Sometimes at the beginning of a work day I listen to music to establish a certain kind of feeling or tone in my head, but once the characters start talking I stop hearing it.

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