“Here’s the thing about being a writer, or a musician, or an artist, or any sort of creative person. The ones who make it are the ones who make themselves do it. They’re the ones who practice even when it seems like they aren’t getting any better. They’re the ones who open up their work-in-progress … More Writing Quote Wednesday: Wise Words From Maggie Stiefvater.
I read this great post on Maggie Stiefvater’s blog the other day and just had to share her wise words of advice with you. She wrote the post because people (I’m assuming writers) were on twitter talking about some authors’ careers and whether they deserve their fame. Maggie is into race cars and has spent … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Wise words from Maggie Stiefvater.
Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday today I am reviewing The Raven Boys, book one in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. The synopsis from Goodreads: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” … More Fiction Friday: Review ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater.
I have been thinking a lot about first sentences/pages/chapters lately. I think the closer you get to being ready to submit your manuscript, the more you start to think about this in particular. You realise just how much weight that first page/s carry. You need to be able to hook readers in straight away. Some … More Writing Tip Wednesday: The First Sentence/Page/Chapter.
*So sorry that this is a day late, but better late than never, right? The first novel you write may never get published. That’s hard news to hear for those of you out there working on your first novel, I mean, you put so much effort into writing that novel, months or years of hard … More (A late) Writing Tip Wednesday: Practice Manuscripts.
This week I read a great post by YA author Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver Trilogy) titled ‘Publishing Does Not Want To Eat Your Heart Out.’ It is a great post for all aspiring authors. She was asked a question from a fan about how to get an agent to say ‘Your book is interesting and yes’ … More Writing Tip Wednesday: Maggie Stiefvater talks publishing.
I thought I would share with you a writing tip I learnt when reading an interview with authors Maggie Stiefvater and Lucy Christopher. Both said they read their work out loud. Maggie stressed she read EVERY bit of dialogue out loud. Lucy read out loud to get the punctuation in the right place, and to … More A Little Writing Tip.