Tweet from Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater), at Nov 13, 13:57
ok ok remember your mantras you can do this I am complete I love the life I have my spirit is at peace I have retractable fangs I create my own path I surrender to the flow https://twitter.com/mstiefvater/status/1327371049583960064
“May the words in your mind crystallize into magic on the page.” – Brian Rathbone.
What rowing solo across the ocean teaches you about solitude
Read it. She has some good ideas on dealing with panic, stress, staying focused, and simply enjoying things.
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How Books and Bookshops Improve Our Mental Health – And Why We Must Protect Them | naked capitalism
If you wonder why I tagged it with “markets”, our local bookstores are markets for our books, too. Especially if you’re self-publishing!
Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.
Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.
Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.
“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.
Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.
From our dear friend Dawn Knox:
I’ve got a story in a women’s mag this week and they selected me to be their Writer of the Week. Not sure why they picked me but it was very nice they did. It’s here if you want to see. https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/2019/05/06/writer-of-the-week-dawn-knox/
Go check it out!