Q:WILL ANYBODY GET A HAPPY ENDING IN THE RAVEN CYCLE SERIES?
Q:is blue ever going to have friends besides the boys? are we going to learn more about her school life?
ARE YOU SAYING THE BOYS AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH
There will be more about Blue’s school life in book 3 — we’ll see more of her reasons for only being friends with the boys. Whether or not she is right is another story.
Who needs other friends when you have the boys… I mean, they come with death and near kisses and shiny things.
Q:This is a very, very, very vague question, but how do you go about your writing process? Like what works best for you that might work for others?
I used to tell people: know the ending before you begin. Because I used to begin books all the time when I was in my teens, and I ended up with several dozen unfinished books. It wasn’t until I made myself think of the end first that I was able to reliably finish them.
But that’s only true for me. Also, it’s not even true anymore. It’s not actually the end that I need. It’s the point. I need to know why I’m telling the story, because that way I can keep coming back to it when I get off-track or stuck. The why can be a mood or a theme or an idea or a single scene where I long to crush every tear out of every readers’ tear ducts.
So my writing process, in the broadest possible sense, is that I cannot let myself begin until I know that why.
Q:You are an amazing aurthor, but how did you know you were/could be so? Who did you first show a piece of writing to and what did they say?
I actually was turned down for a creative writing class in college. I’m not telling you this to emphasize the injustice and tastelessness of my alma mater, but rather because I always tell would-be-authors that the most important person to convince of your career is always going to be YOU.
I have hundreds of rejection letters, including one from my current publisher and my current agent. All those letters meant was “you’re not good enough yet, Stiefvater.” They are a progress report, not a death sentence.
For me, the point of being a published author is to have a story in my head, and then to tell it well enough that readers can see the same version I am, or close to it. I don’t want to trick my way in to publishing a novel. I don’t want to publish before I can do that.
And I believe that anyone can learn this trick with enough practice — like learning to play a Bach piece.
So show your writing to other people, and don’t wince if they don’t like it. They’re just saying not yet, not no.
Q:Hi hello~ Might be too spoilery, but... Is there a possiblity of one of the main characters (Blue and the boys) dying by the end of the series? Is it something you have already decided on or is it still in process?
Q:I don't know what to do with this power of public response. Supposedly the Lynch brothers play instruments? What do they play/will we get to find out/are you going to just Writer Laugh at this question?
Q:How do you typically get over writers block/ avoid getting stuck? And do you have any tips for avoiding pointless parts that add nothing to the story?
Rightly or wrongly, I assume my subconscious knows the story that I’m trying to tell, so I generally further assume that writer’s block means that I’ve wandered away from that story.
So my solution for writer’s block is to open a new document, name it OUTTAKES. Then I look at my original manuscript and highlight every single bit of novel that I am not thrilled by. Then I cut it and paste it into outtakes, so I can pretend I’ll use it again.
I guess maybe sometimes I use it again.
I had 150,000 words of outtakes for Dream Thieves. It was a novel I really, really wanted to get right.
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010)
Sarabande, spring/summer 2007
Nude silk organza embroidered with silk flowers and fresh flowers
From the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” MET exhibit
In McQueen’s Words: “Remember Sam Taylor-Wood’s dying fruit? Things rot… . I used flowers because they die. My mood was darkly romantic at the time.”