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Hi! I am Courtney Summers. I write YA novels. Since a lot of the questions I get asked on my Tumblr are about writing, I decided to make a master list of the advice posts I’ve made for convenience. Yay, convenience! I will update it for as long as I continue to get these types of questions.
Note: the writing process is such a personal thing. What works for one writer might not work for another, what works for one writer for one book might not work for them for the next… all of my writing advice is of the ‘your mileage may vary’ variety. If what I am saying sounds impossible to you, that’s okay! Listen to your gut! You will figure out what you need to do.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to reach out. I hope I’ve offered something that’s helped you.
MY BLOG POSTS ABOUT WRITING
Make Words (Writing Tips)
On Writing for Girls
Doors Won’t Always Open for You
Thoughts on Reader Response to Character Trauma
Thoughts on Reviews
Characters Don’t Have to Be Likable
IDEA & DEVELOPMENT STAGE
Don’t know where to begin
Lots of ideas, where to start?
Pinning down your first chapter
Unable to pick and stay on one idea
Worried your idea isn’t original or belongs to someone else
You know your characters but don’t know what to do with them
Tips on making cardboard characters come to life
Writing unlikable female characters
Tips on writing unlikable characters
How much is too much with unlikable characters
On happy endings
Is it okay to have an unhappy ending?
Writing about things you haven’t experienced
When you start strong and the writing just dies
Dealing with writer’s block
Writing too much of one thing
Getting too attached to your characters, to the detriment of your work
How much action is too much action? (Balancing scenes.)
How to get as excited about revision as you are about drafting
Can’t stop editing/unable to tell if your novel is ready
Revising an old story
Falling out of love with your work before you’re done
Brief strategy suggestions for major revisions
Should you share your work on Wattpad (or similar sites)?
Can’t stop making big, unexpected changes close to deadline
CONFIDENCE LEVELS, EMOTIONAL ROADBLOCKS & OTHER ISSUES
When you don’t enjoy writing anymore
Everyone says you’re not good enough
Suffering from self doubt/finding self belief
Having and coping with envy
Reading good books makes you feel inadequate as a writer
You’re close to done and convinced you suck
Worried about the people you love reading your work
Tips on managing insecurity
How to deal with negative reviews
Struggling to find inspiration after finishing a project
Just started, already overwhelmed
Dealing with a crippling fear of missing deadlines
When you love the story, but you’re bored of writing it
When you take a break before revising, return and dislike the work
Do you have to suffer emotionally to be an artist?
Can you be too young to take writing seriously?
Should aspiring writers be nervous if they write in multiple genres
Exploring the next steps
Do you find an editor or an agent first?
Do you submit your first draft to agents?
Tips on narrowing down your agent search
Tips on querying + deconstructing my query for CRACKED UP TO BE
Advice on querying and what age does/doesn’t have to do with it
More advice on querying and getting published
How to deal with rejections that feel personal
How much do authors make per book?
Choosing a pseudonym
Can you be an author if you have trouble meeting deadlines?
When querying, does it matter if you have won writing contests?
Does age matter?
Updated August 7th, 2014.
Thank you to readers/writers who have helped me with build this resource with their great questions and everyone who has shared it. I hope it continues to be helpful to writers at all stages of their journeys.
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