"There are only a few things that I can truly control, as a writer. I can write the best novel I can possibly write at this moment in time, and I can find beta readers who will help me make it even better. I can do my research so that my manuscript reaches the agents most likely to see potential in it. And everything else? Everything else is out of my control, so I won’t let it control me. And I can do my best to set the rest of my life aside when I sit down at my desk, so that I’m dealing with the words in front of me, and not everything else.
Because, really, everything is going to be ok. And there might be days when that seems impossible to believe, but all I need to do is write, one word at a time, until I believe again.” ~ Leila Austin

"There are only a few things that I can truly control, as a writer. I can write the best novel I can possibly write at this moment in time, and I can find beta readers who will help me make it even better. I can do my research so that my manuscript reaches the agents most likely to see potential in it. And everything else? Everything else is out of my control, so I won’t let it control me. And I can do my best to set the rest of my life aside when I sit down at my desk, so that I’m dealing with the words in front of me, and not everything else.

Because, really, everything is going to be ok. And there might be days when that seems impossible to believe, but all I need to do is write, one word at a time, until I believe again.” ~ Leila Austin

After I quit writing in frustration with the whole process, I was sucked back in by this book … and I knew it was time to change. So I did a really scary thing. I left my agent, and started querying all over again. — Susan Adrian and agent Kate Testerman discuss the query that led to an offer. (Spoiler: Typos aren’t the end of the world!)
Whether your life right now is characterized by rest or productivity, grief or joy, exhaustion or rejuvenation - live it well. Do not be ashamed. Every day is a blank page. Everything is art. — “The Art of Rest,” by Kristin Brianna Otts (kristin-briana)
I know that’s a hard thing to stomach but sometimes you are just not going to write 500 words. Don’t make yourself feel like you need to make up the difference the next day. I know Scrivener’s word count goal things says you should, but really don’t feel like you have to. Fuck that guy. — Feeling stuck in your WIP? Sumayyah Daud has tips for getting back on the horse.
I’ll let myself write the wrong thing, the right thing, the thing too tangled to distinguish as either until later. I’ll let myself write something that fails if I need to, so that I can transform it later into something which succeeds. Today I’ll let myself write badly, if that’s how the words are coming out. Because bad words are better than no words. And because without letting myself write badly, I cannot let myself write at all. — “On Getting Things Wrong,” by Leila Austin
Check out the awesome cover for Michelle Falkoff’s contemporary YA debut, Playlist for the Dead — and click through to enter the giveaway for a signed ARC!
Here’s a little more about the book:

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

 As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

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Check out the awesome cover for Michelle Falkoff’s contemporary YA debut, Playlist for the Dead — and click through to enter the giveaway for a signed ARC!

Here’s a little more about the book:

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

 As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Add on Goodreads
Preorder at Barnes and Noble