"In the performing arts, if you and two of your friends go to the same audition, and one of you gets it, it means the other two of you didn’t. And while you can be happy for your friend who got it, it directly impacts you in a negative way. In writing, if one of your friends gets a book deal it doesn’t mean you don’t get a book deal. In fact, if someone gets a book deal that is similar to yours or in a similar genre and it does well, it actually benefits you. So you can be supportive of the community. … In fact, as the tide rises all the boats go up. It makes it easier to be supportive."
"A lot of people have this problem where there’s an endless loop of revising, especially the first act, because it’s comfortable. It’s easier to go back … than pushing through the part of the book that’s more difficult to write. That’s why whenever someone asks me what advice I’d give young writers I say, ‘Finish the book.’ It’s no more complicated than that."
"There isn’t a right way to write. I know especially beginners want to know the answers so we can all apply it and do it the right way and have success like everyone else, or what we see out there. But my process is really different from other people and that’s okay. Trying to force it so that I could have an answer when someone asked ‘What are you working on?’ just really didn’t work. But the experience wasn’t a failure. I don’t think any word written is wasted because you learn from it. Even the experience of putting it on the shelf and abandoning this project that I really did care about, but wasn’t able to make work at the time, that taught me a lot too. I feel like I have more self confidence as a writer having been through that process and saying, you know what? This doesn’t work for me."
"There’s no wrong way to write a book, unless you are not writing it with snacks."
"I distinctly remember walking home from the library after turning in Little Women, then going to the grocery store and with my allowance buying a Stephen King novel. So I graduated from Little Women to Stephen King in one day. … If there were transitional books, I didn’t know them. Stephen King and V.C. Andrews were my middle grade."
"One thing I remind myself of is that Twitter can feel like it’s productive because you’re connecting with your readers, or you’re networking, or you’re reading things that other professionals are saying. I heard someone once refer to that kind of work as your ‘shadow’ career. You can build that, really feeling like you’re doing something, and it feels better than the hard work that will actually move your career forward."
"I always wanted to write a book but I was waiting for the right idea. I’ve learned since then that the right idea usually comes when you’re writing the wrong one."
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