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On Twitter and Facebook, I promised to answer a writing question before I left for Australia today, and asked what that question should be.  So many of the questions that came in were ones that I'd already tackled that I realized what I needed to do was not answer another question, but organize the stuff I'd already blogged about. When I started to organize the blog posts, I realized . . . I talk about writing a lot.


How to Write a Novel

Seven Steps to Starting a Novel

Novels, on Starting Them

How I Prep for Writing a Novel

How Many Words/ Pages Should my Book Be? also Making your book longer than 30 pages

Staying Focused on One Project

Rough drafting

Writer's Block

On treating readers badly


Knowing Your Characters

Purposeful Characterization

Why Normal People Can't Be Characters

On Stylizing Characters

On Harming Characters


Revision, Part 1

Revision, Part 2

Revision, Part 3

Questions on Revision

Revising for Mood

Death to Line Editing

Finding a critique partner


Courageous Querying

10 Rules for Query Letters


Being a writer, but also being something else

Books that feed me

Reading as inspiration

On Writerly Confidence:

On Writerly Angst

More on being a writer


Writing for your audience

My early terrible writing

Miscellaneous Writing Questions

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for all this advice, its really useful and answers loads of my questions. The best piece of advice was to sit down and just start writing, I spend way too long procrastinating 😀

  • Anon

    Ok, I have a complaint to make about the Shiver series.
    For one, you leave about a million lose ends, like; what happens with Sam and the Olivia case, they would not just drop it. does he go to jail? Does he even get trailed?
    Does Grace ever take the cure? Does Cole ever find a cure, in the end of Forever he had nearly found one but you could not think of a logical way to a cure so you simply gave up, leaving yet another lose end.
    Isabel, she moves to California, but you don’t really go into detail about it.

    My second complaint is, that it is yet another teen-unrealistic love story.

    I know that I should keep my opinion to myself, and that if I have a problem then I should not have read the books, but they were so good that I had to.

    • Anonymous

      Leaving it hanging is what makes the ending so good in my opinion. Also, yes it is about werewolves and yes that makes it unrealistic but why is that a bad thing?

  • bookworm135

    O Maggie! All the links on this post don’t work because your LJ has been deleted. Where else can I find an organized guide to writing like this (with links that work)?

  • Daniella Silver

    Ouch. Where did they all go??
    Can you to please re-post? I feel like this is better than a month’s worth of intense writing workshops.
    Also. Come to Australia! We have big spiders.

  • Leanne Bridges

    Hi Maggie,

    The links to all of this goodness are broken in a way that’s seeming pretty final, could you please re-post so I can re-read before I re-write. Ta!

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Maggie Stiefvater
Hi, I'm Maggie Stiefvater

Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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