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Christopher Mannino on the Key to Meeting Writing Deadlines @Ctmannino #AmWriting #WriteTip #YA

Saturday, September 20, 2014

How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane:

Like many authors, I work a full time job. I teach high school theatre, and as the drama teacher, I’m typically the first one to school and the last to leave. While I try to do most of my drafting during the summers, when I only work part-time, I still have deadlines during the school year. The editing process for SCHOOL OF DEATHS took place during a very busy time for me, and my first year at a new school, which was challenging as well.

The key to meeting deadlines is to set a schedule and stick to it. For example, when working on my first draft for SWORD OF DEATHS (a sequel to my novel), I knew I needed to write a chapter a day, even on days when I worked part-time. I kept to that schedule. It’s also important to schedule some relaxation time. I plan dates with my wife, and enjoy other activities. If we focus all of our time on work, the muse will suffer.

School of Deaths

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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Genre - YA Fantasy
Rating – PG
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