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New Blog Post From @VeronicaRoth: The Mistakes Writers Make

In an update today, Veronica Roth posted an entry on her blog about writing, and mistakes writers sometimes make.

Here’s a taste of what she had to say:

(Warning: Divergent spoilers in this post. Also, discussing sexual assault, which may be a sensitive topic.)

Here is the thing about getting a book published: there will always be things you regret. If you’re lucky, those will be things that you just didn’t catch in copyediting, the wrong word or the wrong character name here and there, or some things you didn’t research well enough (like how easy/hard it is to pull a trigger, for example…). If you’re not lucky, those will be things you wish you hadn’t included at all. Or that you didn’t know you were saying until people started reading and reacting.

What do you do, when you start to see these things? Well, I tried to justify them in my mind. I talked them out with friends. I tried to let them go and resolve to do better in the future. All these responses are okay, I think. But at the end of the day, it just doesn’t sit well with me to pretend that I haven’t made mistakes. I believe that confession helps us to move past shame and regret and into determination for the future. Confession also sucks to have to do, but here we go.

To read the rest of the post, click here.


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