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San Diego Comic-Con, Friday

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San Diego Comic-con, day two, was just as epic as day one!

Trish and I didn’t have any concrete plans for Friday. And yet, everything had a way of turning out awesome.

We’re on the trolley now, headed into day three. So here’s a super quick recap and some pics.

We took on the exhibit hall first. Hit the BBCAmerica table. Hit the book aisles and got some freebies from Penguin. Met Holly Black and Scott Westerfield. Saw David Bradley and Mark Gatiss (again!). Went to the Marie Lu (Legend, Prodigy) panel. More exhibit hall. Ate some good food and drank coffee. Went to the late-night screening of The World’s End.

We saw The World’s End!!

I can’t believe we got in. We went down to the theater in hopes of catching a glimpse of the cast as they went inside. Instead we caught the whole film, with a welcome from Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg! Also said hello to Bill Paxton. Crazy.

The movie is so fun! But also had poignant moments, one in particular that took my breath away. Such good writing!! They asked us not to give away spoilers, so *zips lips*. See it, though, when it opens August 23. It’s a blast.

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Smart Chicks Give Great Advice

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A couple of weeks ago I saw the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour when it came through Scottsdale, AZ. That night, the lineup was Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan & Kimberly Derting.

The auditorium was packed with about 300 fans, mostly teens, which was awesome.

And let it be known: Sarah Rees Breenan is hilarious.

The Chicks did some audience-interaction games, gave away prizes and goodies and answered questions. One member of the audience asked for writing advice, as he was finishing his first novel.

So I took notes. Cuz that’s what I do.

Here’s some of the advice given by Holly Black, Melissa Marr and Alyson Noel.

Holly’s Writing Tips:

  • Read a lot, and read outside of your genre
  • Write a lot and keep revising
  • Have a critique partner who is also a writer

It took Holly five years to write her first book.

Melissa’s advice:

  • Don’t give up
  • Read other novels and see what works and doesn’t work for you
  • Determine how to apply what you learn from other novel to your work
  • Be as harsh on yourself as possible
  • Remember it’s all subjective
  • You will be discouraged; don’t give up

Alyson’s advice:

  • Be patient with yourself
  • Realize most people don’t have the determination to finish
  • Work hard
  • Allow yourself to just get the story down
  • Don’t expect perfection on the first draft

Excellent advice from some of today’s top YA authors. Hope you found it helpful and encouraging!