Maddy asked Ruta Sepetys:

hi Ruta, you came to my school, Habs, a month ago and I really enjoyed meeting you!! What is the process of writing like for you and did you ever find yourself in a writing slump?

Ruta Sepetys Hello Maddy!

I loved visiting Habs, thank you for inviting me!
For me, the writing process involves:
• carefully researching the topic
• interviewing witnesses or survivors
• spending time thinking about the characters and story
• spending hours writing and achieving a state of creative flow
• revising, revising, and revising some more

I haven't ever been in a writing "slump" but there are times when I am so exhausted from traveling and touring that my mind is not fresh enough to write or create. When that happens I have to unplug, rest, and recharge.

Please give my best to your librarian and everyone at Habs! :)
Ruta Sepetys

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