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Anonymous asked:

When authors say they are working on their 2nd draft, does that mean they completely started over or they are doing revisions on their first?

laurendestefano answered:

That depends on the author! When I say I’m working on a second draft, what I mean is that I wrote the first draft, turned it in to my editor, and now I am implementing the notes she gave me. So basically my second draft means I’m editing. A lot of authors prefer to gut their entire manuscript and start over, using the first draft for notes mostly. But every writer is different.

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nowheretomove asked:

Ooh, what's your monopoly strategy? I love the game, but I'm terrible at it!

laurendestefano answered:

It’s not about where you land, it’s all about managing your properties and offering trades. And it’s not about the quantity of properties you own—as long as you own just one property in a given color, you have something the other player wants. Let’s say you own one green property, and your opponent owns two greens. Well, without that third property, they can’t build any houses, and so the rent will always be low when you land on them. As the game goes on, your opponent will be increasingly eager for that third property and will eventually be willing to trade it for something you want. Also, when you trade your properties, try to trade the mortgaged ones first. That way, your opponent now inherits your debt.

I also don’t make or accept trades until every property on the board is sold.

If you’re low on money and your opponent lands on a property, just let them have it, as long as you have at least one property in that color. If you don’t own anything in that color, THEN it’s a good idea to mortgage some properties and earn the money to win it. But only then.

I don’t build properties until I have a lot of money in the bank, because if I land on a property with a high rent, selling my properties loses money for me.

Try to get boardwalk and park place. If you manage to build a couple of properties there, it’s all over when your opponent lands there. Most opponents won’t want to give you boardwalk and park place because of their high value, which goes back to my initial strategy of owning at least one property in a given color and allowing my opponent to have the remaining two so that they’ll later be so desperate they’ll trade me what I want for it.

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Anonymous asked:

What's your favorite board game?

laurendestefano answered:

Monopoly! I could never tire of Monopoly. Nobody in my family ever wants to play with me, because I get so into it with the trading and the strategies, and the game can go on for hours. So I play against the computer, but even on the hardest setting I’m almost undefeated. I wish they’d release an update with a super hard level or something.