Veronica Roth at Barrington High School
Veronica Roth at Barrington High School where she graduated in 2006.

Last week Veronica Roth returned to Barrington Highschool to inspire future writers.

In Barrington’s packed auditorium, the teachers asked Roth about her writing process and how she became interested in the craft. Roth explained that she always enjoyed creating new experiences.

“When I was little, I liked to play pretend, but you grow out of that,” she said. “Then I realized that I don’t have to act it out with stuffed animals or with my friends. I can actually write this stuff down.”

Roth credited Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” for introducing her to the world of dystopia, but noted that she didn’t set out to take “Divergent” into the imaginary and unpleasant setting.

In fact, Roth intended “Divergent” to showcase a world that she would like; a place where people are held responsible for their actions.

“No one should put me in charge,” she joked.

To encourage young writers, Roth provided some simple advice: Keep writing.

Read more of her advice to the students at the source HERE.

I’ve always wanted to write a novel (or series) when I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Veronica Roth at Comic-Con I appreciated her candid and real advice about the writing process. What an opportunity to have her speak at her old high school to students!


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