Of course I went. And ate pizza. And tried not to embarrass myself by saying anything stupid. Kimberly was so nice and down to earth. I had a great time meeting her and absorbing as much of her writerly wisdom as possible.
- Kimberly stopped listening to books on CD on car rides because she realized it was stunting her creativity. She needed that down time when driving to let her mind work through new ideas. I could absolutely relate to this. Anyone else?
- Kimberly made sure we knew that there was no right answer to the "How should I write a book?" question. She writes books without an outline, but with linear plot points in mind. But she has friends who write "schizophrenically" -- one scene here, another there, and in the end it seems to magically gel as a book. Others write outlines that are so detailed they're almost novellas. Some friends edit extensively as they write. Others write without ever looking over their shoulder. She told us to pick what works for us and throw everything else out. Never believe someone who might claim to have THE ONLY working writing process. Good advice, yes?
- Kimberly writes two books a year (wow!). Usually, she works 6-7 days a week, 10-13 hour days (wow!!). A lot of this time is spent writing, but she also spends time social networking. She has found that publishers do in fact expect (especially YA) authors to be social networking, and they'll even use tracking programs to check up on their social networking activities/influence. Interesting, yes?