I'm Nova Ren Suma. I wrote the YA novels 17 & GONE and IMAGINARY GIRLS (both out now from Dutton/Penguin). And as we speak I'm writing a new novel, THE WALLS AROUND US, coming Spring 2015 from Algonquin YR.

Here's my blog: distraction99.com. And here's my author website: novaren.com.

17&Gone

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls paperback

 

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.
– Dorothy Parker

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The cost of education… (at Washington Square Park)

The cost of education… (at Washington Square Park)

summerscourtney:


Sometimes it feels great and turns out terrible.
Sometimes it feels terrible and turns out great.
Feeling inspired is not necessarily a requirement for getting that shit done.
But it’s a nice feeling to have when you’re getting that shit done.
It’s good to turn writing into a discipline.
So it feels slightly more bad when you stop writing than when you are.
Because sometimes it’s going to feel really bad.
Because writing is hard.
(But it also feels good and is worth it, or you wouldn’t be doing it, I hope.)
Revision is often harder. So relax! 
It never has to be perfect the first time.
It never has to be perfect the first time.
Or even the second or third.  Or sixth.
Powering through rough days should make you feel capable and proud.
But the days you can’t don’t make you a failure.
One word typed is always one more than you had.
So don’t feel bad if it’s the only word you wrote today.
No word is truly wasted.
You likely learned something from sentences deleted and shelved.
You might not know what yet, but you’ll find out.
Stop comparing yourself to other writers.
Seriously, stop comparing yourself to other writers.
Some people write fast.  Some people, not so much.
Some people outline.  Some don’t.
Some people write in order.   Some don’t.
Some people revise as they go.  Some don’t.
It’s just their writing process.
And your writing process is yours.
You don’t have to justify how you make words to anyone.
All you need to do is make words.
Make words.

summerscourtney:

  • Sometimes it feels great and turns out terrible.
  • Sometimes it feels terrible and turns out great.
  • Feeling inspired is not necessarily a requirement for getting that shit done.
  • But it’s a nice feeling to have when you’re getting that shit done.
  • It’s good to turn writing into a discipline.
  • So it feels slightly more bad when you stop writing than when you are.
  • Because sometimes it’s going to feel really bad.
  • Because writing is hard.
  • (But it also feels good and is worth it, or you wouldn’t be doing it, I hope.)
  • Revision is often harder. So relax! 
  • It never has to be perfect the first time.
  • It never has to be perfect the first time.
  • Or even the second or third.  Or sixth.
  • Powering through rough days should make you feel capable and proud.
  • But the days you can’t don’t make you a failure.
  • One word typed is always one more than you had.
  • So don’t feel bad if it’s the only word you wrote today.
  • No word is truly wasted.
  • You likely learned something from sentences deleted and shelved.
  • You might not know what yet, but you’ll find out.
  • Stop comparing yourself to other writers.
  • Seriously, stop comparing yourself to other writers.
  • Some people write fast.  Some people, not so much.
  • Some people outline.  Some don’t.
  • Some people write in order.   Some don’t.
  • Some people revise as they go.  Some don’t.
  • It’s just their writing process.
  • And your writing process is yours.
  • You don’t have to justify how you make words to anyone.
  • All you need to do is make words.
  • Make words.

If I’d had children and had a girl, the first words I would have taught her would have been “fuck off” because we weren’t brought up ever to say that to anyone, were we? And it’s quite valuable to have the courage and the confidence to say, “No, fuck off, leave me alone, thank you very much.

Dame Helen Mirren (x)

And with that, Dame Helen Mirren becomes my fairy godmother.

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A keep-forever: Jeffrey Eugenides tells me why he can’t send me a story for the lit mag. He’s talking about MIDDLESEX! #fanforever

A keep-forever: Jeffrey Eugenides tells me why he can’t send me a story for the lit mag. He’s talking about MIDDLESEX! #fanforever

If there were a Mount Rushmore of 20th-century authors, Doris Lessing would most certainly be carved upon it. Like Adrienne Rich, she was pivotal, situated at the moment when the gates of the gender disparity castle were giving way, and women were faced with increased freedoms and choices, as well as increased challenges.

She was political in the most basic sense, recognizing the manifestations of power in its many forms. She was spiritual as well, exploring the limits and pitfalls that came with being human, especially after she became an adherent of Sufism. As a writer she was inventive and brave…

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As we age, we face a choice of caricatures; for women writers vis à vis younger ones, it’s Cruella De Vil versus Glinda the Good. I encountered my share of Cruellas along the way, but Doris Lessing was one of the Glindas. In that respect, she was an estimable model. And she was a model also for every writer coming from the back of beyond, demonstrating – as she so signally did – that you can be a nobody from nowhere, but, with talent, courage, perseverance through hard times, and a dollop of luck, you can scale the topmost storyheights.