SpineOut : October November 2015
Julie's advice to young writers: video sWhat the video tudents said ... • Keep writing. Persist. Keep trying. Just keep writing! • Writing is a skill. You have to practice it to get good (or better) at it. • Focus on finishing. Finish that story, finish that novel. Get it done! • Read a lot. And when you read, study the story and study the words. video video A Pantser is a writer who likes to ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ when they are working. They sit down, start writing and see where the story takes them. Are you a 'Pantser’' or a 'Plotteri' ? A Plotter is someone who plans their writing, often in considerable detail. Before they start writing, they like to know how the story ends and what events take place along the way. Julie describes herself as being a bit of both. She needs an ending to a novel or a series prior to starting it and also likes to know in her head what the key scenes or high points to help her get there. Other than that, Julie likes to let her characters decide where their story goes! • You will be rejected … probably quite a lot. But remember, every ‘No’ gets you closer to a ‘Yes’. If you are a budding writer Julie Kagawa remember that you can send your stories to SpineOut to be published!
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