As Graham Nash once sang, “Be yourself”

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

Advice to storytellers from me

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.