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Charlie Jane Anders

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My latest book is The City in the Middle of the Night.

Previously: All the Birds in the Sky and a short story collection, Six Months, Three Days, Five Others.

Upcoming: An untitled YA trilogy, and a short story collection called Even Greater Mistakes.

I used to write for a site called io9.com, and now I write for various places here and there.

I won the Emperor Norton Award, for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason.” I've also won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, a William H. Crawford Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Award, a Locus Award and a Lambda Literary Award.

My stories, essays and journalism have appeared in Wired Magazine, the Boston Review, Conjunctions, Tin House, Slate, MIT Technology Revie
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Charlie Jane Anders Oh yay thanks for reading TODOS OS PÁSSAROS NO CÉU! I am learning Portuguese right now so I am thinking of trying to read the Brazilian edition myself…moreOh yay thanks for reading TODOS OS PÁSSAROS NO CÉU! I am learning Portuguese right now so I am thinking of trying to read the Brazilian edition myself soon enough. I'm so glad you liked the book, and it made you reflect. That is amazing!

The idea for the book came to me when I was in the middle of trying to write another book, an urban fantasy. I had this idea for a book about a witch and a mad scientist.

At first I thought it would just be a zany comedy where they were enemies or rivals. It would be just lots of battles between magic and science. But then I started to think of it as more of a relationship story and I tried to develop the characters more and turn them into real people.

The characters weren't based on anyone in particular in real life, but I borrowed little things here and there from people I know. Patricia and Laurence both have a lot of me in them, and they also have little details that come from people I care about. But mostly I just worked super hard to try and get into their heads and understand what they were going through and what they were feeling throughout the book. Writing is a lot like acting sometimes, and you kind of have to get "in character" when you're writing someone's personal life. For Patricia, it was really important to capture her passion and her desire to become a witch, and for Laurence, I tried to capture all of his anxiety and curiosity and playfulness.

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Charlie Jane Anders There's a bunch of answers to this. I'll try and be brief....... :)
1) Over a long period of time I've gotten into the habit of writing and I have tra…more
There's a bunch of answers to this. I'll try and be brief....... :)
1) Over a long period of time I've gotten into the habit of writing and I have trained myself to just write no matter what, even if I'm feeling like hot garbage and the words are sucking.
2) Sometimes you have to "cheat on" your project and just work on something else.
3) Sometimes I just write a paragraph and it takes me like three hours and doesn't feel worth it, but it totally is because I'm still working the problem in my head.
4) On the same note, staring into space is writing. People-watching is writing. Listening to music and zoning out is writing. I count all of those things as part of my "writing time."
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Brand New Writing Advice Column!

Remember all those writing advice articles I used to do for io9? They're back!

This time, I'm doing a series for Tor.com called "Never Say You Can't Survive: How To Get Through Hard Times By Making Up Stories." Here's the start.

https://www.tor.com/2020/05/12/never-...

I'm going to write roughly 25 essays (one per week) about writing ---- with a special focus on how inventing your own characters and Read more of this blog post »
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“You know... no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you're not. But if you're clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”
Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky

“Society is the choice between freedom on someone else’s terms and slavery on yours.”
Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky

“A society that has to burn witches to hold itself together is a society that has already failed, and just doesn't know it yet.”
Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky

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