Veronica Roth talks Writing

I absolutely LOVE it when authors take the time to guide others into the world of writing. Getting advice from someone who has been there themselves really helps aspiring writers like myself…and perhaps you as well? A few days ago, author Veronica Roth (Divergent trilogy) discussed the world of writing and answered several interesting questions by readers on her tumblr theartofnotwriting.tumblr.com:

Do you have any advice for beginning writers who think they can’t get anything decent done?

My first piece of advice is stop thinking about whether it’s “decent” or not! Assessments of quality are stifling at the early stages of drafting in particular (and all throughout the writing process!)— just do the best you can at any given moment. And my second piece of advice is to stop worrying about getting anything “done”! All I did from ages 11-20 was write little broken pieces of stories that fizzled out after ten pages, twenty pages, fifty pages, three hundred pages…and then one day I found something that I thought was worth writing to the end. And after that I was able to finish things more often. But no time spent writing little pieces is ever wasted— Divergent was one of those pieces, for me, something I started and abandoned quickly after my freshman year of college and then picked up again four years later with a fresh perspective. I don’t really think any writing is wasted. Everything gets you where you need to go.

So, once you’ve stopped worrying about both of those things, try to just write because you love it. Write even when you don’t love it, too. And you’ll be fine.

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Author: Emily Giffin

The first-ever author highlight – so exciting! There are countless authors that I’m in love with and would kill (not literally) to interview, but for this first ever attempt, Emily seemed like my girl.

The world has changed. No more letters by owl (poor Pigwidgeon), it’s all about Facebook, texting, and Skype. And while I won’t burst into a debate about the charm of letters versus the accessibility of emails, let’s just say that advanced technology has made connecting with our favourite authors a whole lot easier. When discussing which author was easy to contact and kept in touch with their fans on a regular basis, a lot of names came up. But one of my favs has got to be Emily. From giveaways to pictures, Tweeting, and playing trivia with fans, she has got the whole communicate-with-your-readers thing down.

So, I emailed her lovely assistant Kate and am able to give you some interesting info on Emily Giffin. If you weren’t a fan before, I seriously hope you will be now! ….in real life and on Facebook 😉

Name: Emily Fisk Giffin

Background Info:

Born March 20th; one of three siblings

Graduated from Wake Forest University, and then from University of Virginia School of Law (She’s a lawyer!)

Worked in litigation until she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and moved to London

Is married with three kids; twin boys (Edward and George) and a daughter (Harriet) — such royal names!

Lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is a NY Times bestselling author

Age: a very young 40

Books Written: Something Borrowed (made into movie), Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter

Upcoming Book: Where We Belong (read a preview here)

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