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summertime & comic-con

Not my usual working situation.

Not my usual working situation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’m going to get back to a regular posting schedule (right now I’m thinking maybe I’ll post on Mondays? does anyone even read blogs anymore?). But there are two things I wanted to mention before even more days slipped away from this going-far-too-quickly-summer.

First, I am going to Comic-Con for the first time! I am over the moon excited about this. It will be a whirlwind–I arrive in San Diego Friday afternoon and leave just over 24 hours later–but I can’t wait. On Friday, I’ll be signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth (#1119) from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and on Saturday I am on a panel to end all panels (and a signing afterwards). Here’s the official description:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
When Grrls Fall in Love
Room: 23ABC
Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments), Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), and Veronica Wolff (The Watchers) discuss the delicate balance between killing and kissing, and what it takes to properly woo a YA heroine. Moderated by Sherri Smith. More info on that panel (and other Comic-Con book things) here at mtv.com.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ally Condie Signing
Room AA09

Second, I finished the first full draft of my book (the one mentioned in this post). Right now we call it RIO but I’m quite sure that that title will change. This book has taken me a full year to draft, which is longer than it takes most people to draft a novel but right on target for me. I’m trying to apologize/angst less about this and just accept that this is how long a story seems to need to me to spend time in it, to get it down and get it right(isn)–there is so much editing and revision ahead, because I am also one of those writers who requires extensive revision. My husband and I escaped to the beach together for the first time in several years and we both worked, but it was wonderful to also have the sound of the ocean in my ears as I worked on the final third of this book.

I guess I am telling you all this because I am proof that spending time in your book (almost) every day (and in my case working on it for several hours each day) may feel plodding at times, or may feel like you will never finish, but you do. You really do. So if you are a writer who feels like it is never going to happen, I promise you that if you keep working on the book, you will finish it. That’s all you can control–your story, and whether or not you tell it. I think you can.




+ comments (5)
  • Ashley R.
    July 15, 2013

    Ally, it’s good to hear from you. I’m glad that you’ve been getting things done that you want to accomplish. I am already super excited for your RIO book!!!! 🙂



  • bandreoli
    July 16, 2013

    love, love, love this picture.



  • Rosemary
    July 19, 2013

    Yes, I still read blogs 🙂 Love the photo. Glad you could get away.
    Question– Is it harder or easier to write a sequel than to come up with a whole new story line?



  • Tasha
    July 22, 2013

    Thank you for this post. Seriously.



  • I am finally reading MATCHED–it’s been on my to-read for too long, proof: I have an ARC from BEA!–and can’t put it down. I just checked your site to learn the titles of the other books in the trilogy and I am loving your reflections as a writer and a mom. Lots I can relate to here, and I am grateful for that.




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