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I’m not going anywhere. I’m still writing every day. But I’m going to take blogging off this week and work like crazy and drink a lot of the minty lemonade my husband likes to concoct. It’s going to be excellent. Then I’ll be back next week for the last few posts about writing/reading.

Is there anything you would like me to write about in those posts? Feel free to leave a comment on this post by Friday, August 5th, 2011 and I’ll do my best to address it next week.




+ comments (21)
  • ShawnandCarrie-Jo
    August 2, 2011

    Ally, I have a random question for you:
    What is the editing process like? Not the editing you do before you send a book into your agent/publisher, but the editing you do afterward. How different were Matched/Crossed from when you sent them in, thinking you were “done”? (As done as you were going to be on your own, or with “non-professional” readers/editors). Were there big changes to plot? Do you have veto power, or do you have to adhere to your agent and editor’s desired changes?

    Thanks in advance for helping those of us hopeful writers!



  • JavidSuleymanli
    August 2, 2011

    yeah. good question above πŸ™‚ Good luck.



  • Nadine
    August 2, 2011

    I look forward to your answer of ShawnandCarrie-Jo’s question above. It is an excellent question.

    I hope you have a wonderful and restful break. I understand the need! Enjoy the lemonade (might go make some myself). We look forward to your return.



  • Jenna
    August 2, 2011

    I have a question–after you finished with Matched and you were looking for your agent, what did you do in terms of your writing schedule? As in, did you start writing the sequel to Matched, or work on a different project, or just focus on the query process?

    Thanks for opening it up the questions to us!



  • SaraBee
    August 2, 2011

    Writing about time…. not the actual time on the clock, but the time that passes in a story. Do you just pick up wherever you want your character to be next? Do you use any sort of transition? I ask because while I write, I find that I don’t want to show every single day or week (nothing really happens to my character during this time), but find myself wanting to skip ahead a few weeks/month. I really have no idea if that makes sense, but in my head, everything makes sense. :0)



  • Leigh Smith
    August 2, 2011

    I was just wondering if you wrote any books before Matched that were not published.



  • Ashley R.
    August 2, 2011

    I don’t know if you can answer, or even if you know, but I was wondering what the third book in the trilogy will be called (Matched, Crossed, ?) Thanks. πŸ™‚



  • Ashley R.
    August 2, 2011

    You’re drink looks delicious by the way.



  • Reading_life
    August 2, 2011

    Well I’d like to know the tittle to plz oh and can I buy an ARC of crossed c’mon plz and COME TO MARYLAND!!! Plz



  • Reading_life
    August 2, 2011

    Hey ally plz join good reads thx



  • Blue
    August 2, 2011

    Hi Ally,
    My comment is actually more of a request. Is there a setting in your blog that would enable you to show the dates of your posts? As far as I can see, the only way to get a sense of time (like when you post “I’ll be on tv today…”) is by looking at the first comment left…which has a date/time stamp. But your posts themselves don’t. I don’t know if you’re using blogger or word press or some other service, but that’s my wish. And also I wish I could take you and Jessica D G to lunch still! πŸ™‚

    Loved your insights. Thank you.



  • Juli
    August 3, 2011

    Hi Ally,
    What is the biggest, most important advise you can give to an aspiring writer? And do you ever go through a phase where you feel like your book isn’t good enough, and if so, how do you handle it?

    Thanks!



  • shannon hale
    August 3, 2011

    I have a question. Why are you so cool?



  • Jenny
    August 3, 2011

    Hi Ally! Your books are absolutely amazing and I can’t wait for crossed! I’m in the middle of writing a dystopian novel, do you have any advice on how to make a dystopian society seem more believable? And how long (word count) is the average YA novel? Thanks!



  • warnagirl
    August 3, 2011

    I’d like to know how your husband makes the minty lemonade. πŸ™‚ That sounds fabulous and that picture is mouth-watering! I love your website Ally!



  • Lauren
    August 3, 2011

    Do you schedule your writing time, and if so how? Hours, wordcount, some other way?



  • HD
    August 3, 2011

    Hi ally, i have a question:

    What is your favorite part about Cassia’s world in the Society?



  • Megan
    August 4, 2011

    Will you come to the Gallatin Public Library in TN? We all love your work there and are in the process of processing Crossed! Heehee sorry I just reread this and thought it was funny. (the process of processing! haha) Ok anyway please consider.



  • Megan Byrne
    August 4, 2011

    I love Matched more then almost any book I’ve read before. In fact, it’s setting right in front of me now! It was the only good book on my summer reading list and I absolutely fell in love! I was so disappointed in the ending when I first read it because I didn’t know it was going to be a trilogy. I sat down with an English teacher at my school and we chatted about the book. She told me “Well it seems to me it ended with room for a second book.” and I instantly got even more then I already was because this means the thrill, the adventure and Ky<3 are all coming back. See I love Xander as well, but Ky is definitely the one for me, but nope, he's all Cassia's =P I'll just stick to my real life version of Ky XP But honestly, I love you and your book and I'm a huge fan =D



  • Jenny
    August 6, 2011

    Hi Ally! Some dystopian societies in books far surpass ours (ie technology, socially)* while others are far behind us**. When you imagined Cassia’s world, what factors of our modern society helped you imagine hers?
    *Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    **The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan



  • Kelsy
    August 6, 2011

    Hello Ally! πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.

    My question concerns outlining. How much do you do it? Do you have everything planned out before you go or are you one of those “pants” writers? At what point do you feel comfortable enough with the information/ideas in your head to start writing? And how do you keep track of the deviations from the original plan as you go?




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