"I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles."

— Shannon Hale (via maxkirin)

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I get embarrassed when I talk about my writing process. It feels like it must be wrong, but it works for me.Sometimes I wonder if that is the way you know you’ve found the right way for you, because no one else does it that way.

The way you write is like the way you pick your nose. No one cares how you do. They don’t want to see it or talk about it. Just see it’s done.


While I have you on the line…or I guess fanmail-tumblr-thingie, I was wondering if I could ask you a question or two. Yeah, two. You don’t need to respond if you don’t want/have time to, but I’d appreciate it if you did :)
Firstly, what made you start writing in a way that made you love it,…

"There are moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and it’s not often they turn out to be the same moment."

— Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races (via compelledbybooks)

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Creative Thinking

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Change the World

There are a lot of ways to change the world, and I would certainly not want to say that one is the only way or the best way. But I am going to say that I think writing and publishing is a valid, enduring way of changing the world.

I have come to believe that many of the worst evils in the world are caused by thinking that “we” are, in fact, “us” and “them.” We make these binary systems up because they are easy, and then we read and experience so many stories that confirm them.

Germans vs. Allies in WWII

Men vs. Women in many romantic comedies

Straight vs. Gay

Religious vs. Atheist

Americans vs. Everyone else

But the best books, in my experience, are the ones that force us to see the world from the point of view of the “other.” They make us give up our old ideologies and make new ones that are more inclusive.

No, writing a novel isn’t going to end a war today or tomorrow. Probably.

But writing a novel might end the wars that will happen in another generation. It will change the hearts and minds of the future. It might not stop people from thinking in terms of a binary, but it might make them give up some of the old categories. It might make them think twice before creating new ones.

Writing a novel is the act of making a world. And if you can make a world where we see each other more truly, you are fighting injustice. If you make a world where heroes are not of one color, you are changing the soldiers of tomorrow. If you make a world where women have the same opportunities as men, where men and women work together and have equal parts to play, you are expanding the world that your daughters and sons will live in.

And that, to me, is enough. That will mean my work has done its part.

Sundance Writing Retreat with Agent Jodell Sadler

Picture book people! I’ve been asked multiple times to get a picture book conference going, and now we have one! On August 30, Jodell Sadler, an agent who is interested in finding picture book clients, will be at our Sundance One Day Writing Retreat.

For $150, come and hear her speak, get a personal critique of your manuscript, and listen to great advice from Kristyn Riley Crow, Julie Hansen Olson, Sharlee Mullins Glenn, and Shawna Calder Tenney! Plus you get a whole day of gourmet meals included in the price. This is an opportunity you can’t miss!

Contact mette@argonautfilms.com if you are interested in coming. If you need overnight lodging, it’s only $100!


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I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy

because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless

and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.


— Robin Williams (via seyttan)

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"As a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened."

— Kazuo Ishiguro (via writersrelief)

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