"Writing stories for other people isn’t about luck: it’s about learning how to craft a story that other people love as much as you do."
"If you find yourself in a situation where you realize your exposition has overwhelmed your dialogue and your main character is on the brink of volunteering to take the One Ring to Mount Doom just to MAKE THIS GODDAMN SCENE END ALREADY HOLY CRAP, here are some questions to ask."
Avoiding the Council of Elrond: Combining Exposition and Dialogue Without Boring the Hell Out of Everyone" by Leila Austin
writing tip: if in doubt add more dragons. if not in doubt add more dragons. dragons dragons dragons. “but it wouldn’t work out” I hear you say YOU ARE WRONG AND NEED THREE MORE DRAGONS “but it’s a romantic drama” you tell me well tough cookies friend you’re gonna need like eight more dragons. nine more. like maybe twelve. ＤＲＡＧＯＮＳ
Marissa Meyer (via writingquotes)
“I read everything. I read my way out of the two libraries in Harlem by the time I was thirteen. One does learn a great deal about writing this way. First of all, you learn how little you know. It is true that the more one learns the less one knows. I’m still learning how to write. I don’t know what technique is. All I know is that you have to make the reader see it.”
Brian A. Klems (via writingquotes)
1. People overthink queries. Okay, so they are the only thing that an agent or editor might ever see of your work. So they have to embody everything about your personality and your books personality in a single page. So you will get absolutely nowhere if your queries suck, no matter if you’ve…
inkcoyote said: Do you have any tips for people thinking about sending out to publishers?
1. You’re going to hear no. You’re going to hear it a lot. What you need to do is remember that it means “not yet.”
2. You need to remember that there is absolutely no benefit to “tricking” your way into getting published. If you want a career at it, you need to delight people with your stories. Period. You don’t have to delight all of them, but you’ve got to delight some of them. If you luck into a yes, it’s not really a yes. It’s huh, this won’t pay the rent down the road.
3. Remember that agents and editors are readers first of all. They do not want to eat your heart.
Here, I wrote some words in 2010 about query letters and how to write them. In fact, I might put that on Tumblr. That stuff is still relevant, who knew.