YA novelist Kristin Cashore earned a Morris Award nomination 2008 debut, Graceling. The prequel Fire followed in 2009, and Penguin Books for Young Readers recently released a Graceling companion novel, Bitterblue.
During our interview, Cashore (pictured, via) talked about self-editing and her future projects. Highlights follow below…
Q: What do you think is the best way to self-edit?
A: Well, the most important thing you need is distance. You need to be able to come back to what you’ve written as a reader, and judge as a reader what’s working and what isn’t. Of course you’ll miss things — that’s why later on, you’ll need to start showing your drafts to other readers. But in the beginning, one of the most important things is to put the manuscript aside for a little while, so that you can come back to it fresh, as an (extremely critical!) reader.