Ally Carter’s Good Advice: Just Be Interesting

If you’ve read any of my posts before, then you probably know that Ally Carter is one of my favorite YA authors. She writes books I love to read and sometimes (!) responds to my tweets. And because my other favorite thing is Twitter, it’s no surprise that’s where I found my inspiration for today’s post.

One of Carter’s latest projects is a book she’s working on to answer teen’s questions about how to write a book. I am not a teen, yet I definitely plan on buying this book whenever it’s published. She’s been tweeting a few of the most popular/interesting questions received from teen’s, and one in particular interested me.

It’s a question I’ve found myself wrestling with more times than I’d like to discuss. How do you fill the pages between the interesting parts of a story? Turns out the answer is simpler (though probably not easier) than you might think.

I, personally, like to read fast-pace books that get to the point quickly and don’t bore you between scenes, so I find this to be helpful advice. Still, though, it might be difficult to envision how you still write a complete story. Carter went on to give some examples of how you might do this.

And the all-enduring writing advice? Read more.

So, there you have it. That, I assume, is the kind of good advice we can look forward to in Carter’s upcoming book.

Did this advice strike a cord with you? Are you reading any fun books right now? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “Ally Carter’s Good Advice: Just Be Interesting

  1. Ally Carter is so much fun! And that’s great advice. I have trouble writing because I feel like I have to write the ‘boring’ parts to get to the interesting stuff, but… maybe everyone would be bored by the boring part. Maybe it’s not necessary.

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    1. Isn’t she? And yeah, I know what you’re saying. I’m trying to think about it now like if there is a scene with less interesting/action-oriented stuff, then those in-between scenes should still have some purpose, or I should just skip to the important part. We’ll see how that plan goes… (:


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