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doodleforjoy asked: You are an amazing aurthor, but how did you know you were/could be so? Who did you first show a piece of writing to and what did they say?


I actually was turned down for a creative writing class in college. I’m not telling you this to emphasize the injustice and tastelessness of my alma mater, but rather because I always tell would-be-authors that the most important person to convince of your career is always going to be YOU.

I have hundreds of rejection letters, including one from my current publisher and my current agent. All those letters meant was “you’re not good enough yet, Stiefvater.” They are a progress report, not a death sentence.

For me, the point of being a published author is to have a story in my head, and then to tell it well enough that readers can see the same version I am, or close to it. I don’t want to trick my way in to publishing a novel. I don’t want to publish before I can do that.

And I believe that anyone can learn this trick with enough practice — like learning to play a Bach piece.

So show your writing to other people, and don’t wince if they don’t like it. They’re just saying not yet, not no.

keep this in mind bfg11

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It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.
Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

That third thing, please.

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Found today at comics shop in Fair Oaks mall just as we were leaving. #serendipity

Found today at comics shop in Fair Oaks mall just as we were leaving. #serendipity

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'A Monster Calls' to Hit Theaters in Fall 2016


holy shit

Am I reading this right? Patrick Ness wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy, but  this isn’t part of that trilogy.

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