Throw away the scale. There is no scale, there is only your story. Listen to the story you are trying to tell, that unconscious combination of imagination and memory and feeling, and trust it. Concentrate on expressing that as clearly as you can, concentrate on finding the language for it, but above all don’t second-guess it. It’s your true north. Because here’s the great thing about novels and writing and creating anything: Nobody else can possibly write the book you’re writing. It is yours, singular, and the more clearly it is expressed the more alive its singularity will be. If you want to be ruthless, be ruthless about clarity, be ruthless about trusting yourself, be ruthless about finding generosity for your characters, but most of all be ruthless about ignoring the inner demon that keeps telling you you’ll never be as good as Eudora Welty or Zadie Smith or David Mitchell or James Baldwin or whoever, that your novel will never be better than an 8. That inner demon is full of fear, and fear, if anything, is what reduces a novel and sterilizes its language. Fear, in writing, is a self-fulfilling prophesy. So banish it, banish the whole scale, and trust your own dark bouquet of inspiration. Thank god you’re not those other writers. We already have their books, but we don’t have yours, and I am of the mind that the world is almost always made better by more books.
Ted Thompson (via mttbll)

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WIN:

  • QUERY LETTER CRITIQUE from Jess Dallow, agent assistant at the famed New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
  • 15 page critique from Susan Dennard (author of Something Strange & Deadly andwriting teacher)

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Win a FIRST CHAPTER CRITIQUE from author Jodi Meadows + a QUERY LETTER CRITIQUE from Jackie Lindert, agent assistant at the famed New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. + a SIGNED COPY of Shades of Earth by Beth Revis!

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lbardugo:

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!

My birthday is nigh and I thought it would be fun to give away one of these fancy blogger boxes (designed by the amazing kayte-ghaffar) to celebrate. The branded wooden box contains three candles (soldier: siberian moss, summoner: rainwater, saint: orange chili) for those long Ravkan nights, and a sampler that includes the prologue and first three chapters of Ruin and Rising.

To win it, just reblog with hashtag #ruinandrising or tweet with the tags #ruinandrising AND #fireandfrosting (you do not need to tag me in the tweet!).

I’ll choose the winner at random this Sunday, April 6th. Which is also (ahem) my birthday and the season premiere of Game of Thrones.

And yes, this is an international giveaway because birthday.

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