I discovered the NaNoWriMo pep talks archive today. Some good stuff in there - some even by authors I've heard of and whose books I like!
"...it’s always best to write the story that is currently strongest inside
you, the one that won’t go away, regardless of its genre or
marketability. If you are true to your inner vision, believe in the
reality of your story and write the book you want, you will bring it to
life." Garth Nix
"You are the best audience for your own work. If you would absolutely
love a character like the one you are writing about, if you adore books
like the one you are working on, then you are going to know how to make
the book appealing—write it like you were the person who was going to
read it. Remember the fun bits, the juicy bits, the stuff you linger
over in other books—the good stuff." Holly Black
"Polish your jealousy to a high shine—like the chrome of a well-loved Mustang.
My jealousy took the form of the phrase “two-book deal with Dutton.” My
student, Sharon Mitchell, who went on to become #2 on the African
American Bestseller’s list for her first novel Nothin’ But the Rent, had
just gotten a two-book deal with Dutton. I hadn’t. I was her teacher.
I’d been at this, seemingly forever. She was a psychologist, dabbling in
the novel. This phrase haunted me: “two-book deal with Dutton, two-book
deal with Dutton.” Luckily, I couldn’t shake it." Julianna Baggott
"Stop using a new story idea (or whatever excuse you’ve come up with) to
avoid the work you still have to do on your current work-in-progress!" Meg Cabot
Uh - too late! Fallen Warriors will not end of the the milk crate of shame... but The Great Scottish Land Grab is currently my W.I.P.
The work of motherhood: Leslie.
12 hours ago