Teen Writers' Magazine

I can't thank movellas enough for the opportunities and inspiration I've had since joining the site! In 2014 I managed to win a place in an amazing writing Masterclass (and private interview) with the bestselling author of the 'Uglies' series- Scott Westerfeld- when he came to London on a 2-day tour... a massive, massive thank you to movellas for that truly inspirational experience <3

We asked him as many of your questions as we could, so now I'm excited to reveal all the advice we managed to squeeze from what was genuinely one of the most exciting days of my life.

This magazine also contains a bunch of other things to do with writing, reading and movellas. Ever wanted access to all of Movellas an secrets, top tips and guidance in one place? I hope this helps :D

*I'd also like to give a big thanks to my wonderfully supportive and friendly movellians that have helped with this: HeartTaunter, Raven711, Writer_Girl, Jade.P and so many more! :)


10. Architect or Gardener?

Uniqua Niques: Do you plan everything out in your story and then write it? Or do you get one idea and then write it from there?

Scott's answer: I’m halfway between an outliner and a sort of Seat of the Pantser. When I start, I usually have a bunch of ideas, but no structure. So, in a way, I’m just writing without an outline. I usually think about stuff for a long time, so I think about the issues, and I do a little research (or a lot of research, sometimes) but I don’t have an outline.

Usually about halfway to two-thirds of the way through a novel, I realise it’s gotten out of control and I need to figure out how to end it. So that is when I make my outline.

So the first thing I do is I outline the stuff I’ve already written, and then I outline the rest of the book; I sort of get myself a skeleton for the rest of the book. Then I finish. So I outline half-way through, is the weird answer to that question.

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