Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.
You can see only as far as your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.”
Writing advice is always tricky, because there’s never one answer to any question, or one way to do anything. Like any other art, your gut is as important as your heart and your head.
The Paper Heart Series
After years of writing advice on my blog, answering questions online and at live events, and more, I compiled everything into the Paper Hearts books. Volume 1 is writing advice, volumes 2 and 3 are publishing and marketing advice. The complete series is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, go here.
Reddit is a group of forums where people can talk about specific topics. I help moderated the YA Writers subreddit. We feature weekly discussions and interviews with publishing professionals, and you are welcome to ask questions or start new topics to discuss at any time. With nearly two thousand members, someone will have an answer for you!
I’m always happy to answer questions! The best way to reach me in terms of writing questions is through my tumblr ask box. You don’t need an account to ask questions, and can ask anonymously. During deadline times, I may be very slow to answer–feel free to ask again!
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
SCBWI is a great organization for anyone interested in writing from picture books to Young Adult. Ideally suited for beginning writers, SCBWI offers two national conferences and many local chapter meetings and conventions. For more information, go here.
Wordsmith Workshop Retreats
Wordsmith Workshop Retreats are the brainchild of author Cristin Terrill. Offered seasonally, the retreats give attendees the writing time of a traditional retreat with the instruction and critiques of a workshop. An invaluable experience that would aid any writer in craft and professionalism. For more information, go here.
If you live in the Asheville, NC, area, come to a Writers’ Coffeehouse. Based in the beautiful Malaprops bookstore on Haywood Street, the Coffeehouse meets monthly to discuss writing and publishing, and is open to all. For more information, go here.