Publisher: Swoon Reads/Macmillan
Pub. Date: February 7th, 2017 (Today!)
Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the "Destined" series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
Dealing With Writer's Block 101
by Shani Petroff
There are definitely times when the words don’t seem to come. Times when I’m sitting at my computer, and I switch from my freshly opened document to something entirely different. I’ll binge some Netflix, play on Facebook, surf the web, or do basically anything but write. Before I know it hours go by, and if I’m not careful—days.
When I’m on a deadline—self-imposed or not—this can be dangerous.
So what do I do?
I force myself to go back to the document and just do it.
I set a timer for an hour or so and make myself work. And if I wind up getting sidetracked, I add extra minutes.
And here’s the key—I give myself permission to write poorly. The goal is just to get it down on paper. I can always go back and fix it up after. I find it’s much easier once you have something to work with. Often, I even surprise myself—and find that what I typed has a lot of workable moments.
Once that first hour is done, I usually wind up adding a few more.
Sometimes there will be stories that come easy. There will be others that take a lot more effort. It can get frustrating, but if writing is something you love, something that makes you happy, don’t let fear or pressure or whatever stand in your way. Write, write, write.
And if something really isn’t coming to you—try some exercises. Write a character backstory, some descriptions, a music playlist that fits your book, anything to get the creativity flowing.
Just remember—you can do it!
Now, I’m going to go take my own advice, and get back to my work-in-progress.
Happy writing, everyone!!
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