We’re super happy we got picked to be a part of the blog tour for These Broken Stars. I (Kara) just finished this book not that long ago and loved so many things about it. You can see my review here. My favorite elements of the books were Lilac and Tarver’s relationship. No instalove there! It developed from the first meeting to the conclusion with a slow burn to make the reader swoon. Oh, and Lilac was my favorite. If an author can make me love a character that I absolutely hated in the beginning by the time the book ends, well that is talent, my friends. Like I said in my review, her character arc is one to behold.
Because Lyn and I co-blog, Wendy at The Midnight Garden picked a guest post about writing as a team. Its called Co-Authoring Books, and we are happy to share it with you. It’s a pretty interesting read. After that, there is a giveaway, but don’t skip over the post because it’s so much fun!
Anyone who’s critiqued for a writer before knows that however you do it—with a red pen, sticky notes or using comments and tracked changes—you end up scribbling all over the page. You make notes about word choices, clarity, pacing and all kinds of things.
We do this as well when we’re writing. Usually one of us will write a chapter, and then send it across. The other will critique that chapter and then write a new one, before sending it back.
Author #1 then addresses the critique (sometimes simply by fixing, other times by coming up with some suggestions and leaving them for discussion), critiques the new chapter, and writes the third. And so on, and so forth.
What this means in practical terms is that often we’ve got conversations going on in comment bubbles in just about every chapter of the book, so that our first hour of work for the day might be spent addressing these conversations, before we get to writing in our second.
Our responses vary—we might agree, disagree, or say ‘oh, I see the problem, this is what I meant to do—can you see a way to do it more clearly?’ or suggest some possible fixes, leaving that for comment if we’re not sure which to use.
To be honest, we also leave each other jokes, chatter, compliments about great lines we love, and all kinds of things. Here, for your education and entertainment, is a very silly example of what our critique conversations might look like! As you can see, our comments often end up longer than the text being critiqued!
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About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.
Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.