To say the least.
So last Thursday, Sara and I headed to CBW for (semi-reserved) fangirling and BITTERBLUE-themed snacks!
|So much blue! And there was bread. I haven't read|
the book yet, but apparently it's significant.
|The bookshelf o' Cashore.|
|Humor in her books is kinda like her outfit:|
All business and then BAM zebra-stripe socks.
And then... Kristin made it Christmas for every single aspiring writer in the room.
She brought her original, handwritten BITTERBLUE draft. (Yep, she writes all first drafts longhand and then uses voice recognition software to make it electronic.) Basically, she talked about how long the process can take when you want to do it right, when you want to do your story justice. BITTERBLUE's a hefty book at 500+ pages, but the original version was over 700 pages, with many characters and subplots she later cut. And after much emotional torment, she ended up rewriting it from scratch to make it the story it had to become.
It sounds crazy, but it was so wonderful to hear how discouraged and frustrated Kristin got with herself in the writing process. When she was showing us the notebook, she pointed to a page and said, "I don't know if you can read this. It says: 'This blows.'" (Again, love her sense of humor.) It's definitely a good motivator to know that she has low moments and self-doubt, but the end product still ends up phenomenal.
The discussion and Q&A were excellent, but there was one other thing she said that resonated with me enough to scribble down:
"You learn what the right thing is by writing the wrong thing over and over."
Simple advice, but it's something I need to keep taped up by my computer at all times!
Anyway, it was a fantastic signing, and the CBW staffers did a great job, as usual! If you have the chance to meet Kristin (she'll be at BEA! yay!), definitely take it. Thanks, Kristin!
And if you haven't already, check out Sara's review of BITTERBLUE!