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" After I've sent my revised draft to my agent and editor, they suggest more improvement sand again, this revision phase can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months. "
" Eventually the bad stuff I'm writing turns into better stuff. Other times, I've just walked away from what I was working on, and figured I'd have a better perspective when I came back to it. "
" I like playing around with the words; I love it when I feel like I've picked the exact right word to describe whatever it is I'm trying to describe. "
" There's something about each of my books that I'm really proud of, and there's something about each of my books that I cringe over. "
" I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun. "
" When writing isn't going well-then the bad thing about being a writer is that I also have the freedom and flexibility to do something badly, and no one else can fix it for me. "
" I started trying to write when I was in second or third grade. "
" Sometimes I can spend as long revising a manuscript as I spent writing it in the first place. "
" It's just so much fun to make up characters, situations, and everything else about a story. I have so much freedom and flexibility to do whatever I want. "
" I loved to read when I was a kid, and as soon as I realized that an actual person got to make up the books I loved so much, I decided that that was the job for me. "
" The deadlines are much, much longer with books. When I was a reporter, a lot of times I'd come in at 8:30 a.m., get an assignment right away, interview somebody, turn the story in by 9:30, and have the finished story in the paper that landed on my desk by noon. "
" I like the fact that kids are willing to be imaginative and go along with me when I'm telling strange tales. "
" I write a book over a period of months or years, and when I'm done with it, usually another year goes by before I see it in print. It's hard to be patient and wait. "
" Generally I finish a first draft in 2-6 months, then I set it aside for a while so that when I come back to it I can read it with fresh eyes and figure out how to improve it. "