Selah Janel on the writing of Olde School
Olde School is one of those books that defied everything for me: genre, word count, process, all of it. I’m proud of how it turned out and I think it’s a fabulous introduction to a series that I hope will just keep getting stronger, but it’s definitely one of those creations that took me by surprise. Which is good, because if we’re all being honest, I think it’s important to recognize that ideas and book creation can come in all forms and doesn’t necessarily have to be one set process. One of the things I really harp on in panels and workshops and the like is the importance of being open. If you try to control something too much, it’s going to be stilted or inadvertently get away from you. It’s perfectly acceptable to go into writing a story willing to make mistakes, write chunks that won’t get used, and be willing to change things up and be surprised. Stories are subjective – there’s no pass or fail, no right or wrong, and it’s important to really experience all the discoveries and frustrations that come with writing them.