You can be a plotter, or a pantser. You can be neither, or a blend of both. There is nothing wrong with you. Every writer has their own way that works. If someone else’s process doesn’t work for you, don’t waste time trying to cut yourself into that square, or hate yourself or it. Move on, keep experimenting, and believe in your own mind. — “A Love List of You,” by Hebah Uddin
This sort of torch-carrying has happened with several of my clients whose earlier work I saw before eventually signing them, and while it doesn’t work out every time, I really do remember the books I loved elements of but couldn’t take on. — Agent Holly Root dissects M.G. Buehrlen’s successful query for The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare.
I’m really proud of Panic. I think readers should know that. And also, there are tigers in it!! Delirium had cows, Panic had tigers. I think my next book might have a duck. I’m still undecided on that one; it seems like kind of a letdown. — Lauren Oliver
We have to stop seeing competition as a flaw or a reason to quit; good writers should inspire us to keep writing. Don’t ever think that your writing isn’t important or able to evolve. Your writing can coexist with a world of brilliant writers. The world needs all kinds of stories, and the amount of talent your friends have does not diminish your potential; if anything, the synergy of you both working together may create even more strong ideas. — “8 Lousy Reasons to Quit Writing,” by Laura Tabor