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Chelsey Philpot grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. You can visit her online at www.chelseyphilpot.com or on Twitter @ChelseyPhilpot.

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Chelsey Philpot First, thank you for loving EIP so much.

Second, thank you for loving EIP enough to think about it and write me.

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First, thank you for loving EIP so much.

Second, thank you for loving EIP enough to think about it and write me.

Now to answer your questions. True story: I don’t know whether Charlie and Sebastian end up together. I left the ending open for readers to make their own conclusions because I could not decide myself which way to go.

How’s that for frustrating?

I rewrote the ending of EIP a billion times, and I kept going back and forth between "happily ever after" and "sad but realistic." The ending that felt true and like it fit the best was the one my editor and I ultimately chose: an ending that doesn’t offer resolution, but does offer hope.

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Chelsey Philpot I used to think writer's block was a myth...and then I started on my second book. Now, I know that writer's block is real, and it's the worst!

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I used to think writer's block was a myth...and then I started on my second book. Now, I know that writer's block is real, and it's the worst!

What I do to beat it really depends on the severity of the situation. If I'm just struggling to find the right word, I'll go get another cup of coffee. If I don't know how to end a chapter, I'll go outside, visit an art museum, read poetry, run around—anything to provoke creativity.

But say the writer's block is a little more desperate. Say I'm stumbling over major plot points or a character is just not working out.

If I'm feeling completely stuck, I will go to extremes to clear my head. I have taken impulsive trips, gone skydiving, gotten lost, and/or thrown myself into scenarios that required me to use machinery with sharp edges.

I do NOT recommend my mad methodology to anyone. But there is a kernel of truth in my crazy actions that I do endorse. I believe that to be a creative person—whether you are writing, painting, making video games, etc.—you need to live a creative and brave life. That means trying new things, exploring, adventuring, constantly pushing boundaries and asking "why?"

As Jack London famously said, “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”(less)
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I’ve been a writer for over a decade, but I still love, love, love reading about writing. My favorite kind of writing books are less about how-to and more about beautifully written stories that honestly describe the heartbreaks and soul-satisfactions that come with living a creative life.

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“I wish for the same thing I've hoped for since the beginning. I wish for a life so brave, so unpredictable, so full of unexpected joys and unforgettable love that no box could possibly contain all my memories.

Such a life won't be perfect. It'll be something better.

It'll be my own paradise.”
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“This is not something anyone can teach you. Heartbreak you must learn on your own.”
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“Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and, yes, love can hide the darkest elements of the human heart, I would do it all again.”
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