"Rejections are often far less personal—and far more subjective—than I would have ever imagined. This is good news, and it’s bad news. When agents and editors say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” they usually really mean it."

— Lisa O’Kane, author of Essence, shares her best advice for aspiring authors. (via yahighway)

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"I’d like to emphasize that when a reader finishes a great novel, he will immediately begin looking for another. If someone loves your book, it increases the chance that he or she will look at mine. So there is no competition between writers. Another writer’s success helps build a larger readership for all of us."

David Farland (via maxkirin)

Wow, I wish more people got this.

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From my current WIP:

"Choose to make wishes. Choose to allow magic into your life. Choose to accept the impossible rather than the merely likely. Choose more than you can imagine, and less than you demand."

"I had hoped that the move to a longlist would shine the spotlight on the full range of young people’s literature, and that has yet to really happen over the first two years. To wit: Are picture books not young people’s literature?"

NBA Longlist — Heavy Medal (via schoollibraryjournal)

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How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth

Have you thought about taking your own life?

Yes.

Have you thought about how you would do it?

Yes.

Have you made a plan?

Yes.

How often do you struggle with these thoughts?

Every day.

Read the rest of the essay here: http://journal.segullah.org/essays/how-sharper-than-a-serpents-tooth/

Admiration and Imitation

When I was a teenager, I wrote tons of fan fic. I wrote a Star Trek novel, a Perry Mason novel, a Sherlock Holmes story. This was excellent practice. No one told me that I couldn’t write those things, that they wouldn’t be published because of copyright issues. I wrote when I wanted to read.

There was a point in my 20s when I realized that I still hadn’t figured out what my “voice” was. People talked all the time about how important voice was, and I believed it was true. I could see voice in the writers I read and reread. I could hear it in my head when I put the books down. Those characters were alive beyond the words on the page.

But how to do that myself? I couldn’t figure it out. I wanted to have a voice like that, which of course, you can never do. You can’t borrow another person’s voice. Occasionally, I’d hear people say that you can’t write until you’re older, because you don’t have “important” things to say about life until then, which I thought was typical adult crap, devaluing the things that young people do.

Maybe there is some truth to the reality that you get older and you find voice isn’t such a struggle anymore. But if so, it’s because you stop caring what other people think. It’s not that you stop trying to do what other people do, or that what you have to say is suddenly more important, though.

Some tips to finding your voice:

1. If you’re angry, write while you’re angry.

2. If you’re sad, write in that moment, with tears dripping down your face.

3. Write up your most embarrassing moments. Every detail.

4. Make fun of writers and writing you think is ridiculous.

5. Write about food. Or about running. Or about your children. Write about what makes you passionate. Write about things no one else cares about.

6. Write endings to stories that finished wrong. Write better versions of things that you wanted to love.

7. Write dangerous things.

8. Write about the things you don’t want anyone to know about yourself.

9. Write about people no one else sees.

10. Write mashups that no one likes but you.

"You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page."

— Jodi Picoult  (via deservingporcupine)

(Source: the-disaster-she-is, via deservingporcupine)

maggie-stiefvater:

On Twitter today — and everyday — there was some chatter and scuffle about Some Authors’ Careers and Some Authors’ Fame and whether they had deserved it. Some folks invariably said the chatter and scuffle was jealousy. Some others invariably said not everything is…

cassandraclare:

Inspired of course by by Joanna Russ. And not set off by anything in particular, just an aggregate of comments and a good friend being treated terribly for posting some of her fiction for free online.image

She tweets and tumblrs so she must not be working.
She never tweets…

Another quote from WIP:
“Ignorance was not, in my mind, a proper attribute of a lady. A lady did not listen when a husband told her not to worry about money for the future. She could make sums on her own, and she demanded to see the books. She did not accept that others would “do well” for her. She did well for herself, and she did that by facing the truth. If it was bad, it was not made better by being ignored. And if it was good, well, it had better be good for her, as well.”