Writing Advice from Taylor Jenkins Reid

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“The one thing I do when I’m not feeling up for writing is give myself permission to be a terrible writer. As long as I know I don’t have to keep anything I’ve written that day, I can let go and just type and eventually, the good ideas come.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

3 thoughts on “Writing Advice from Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. Why are you and agent and are you happy with what you do?

    Growing up, I cherished free weekend mornings when I could be in bed with a book on my knees and my head propped up with pillows. In those days, the books were magical, with such things as a wardrobe door to Narnia, a jungle with Mowgli, musketeers, Sherlock Holmes, Gandalf the wizard, the real lives of Houdini and Einstein, and three laws of robotics. My bed, comforter, and pillows were like clouds I floated upon and that gave me warmth and comfort. Who needed cotton candy? This was better.

    Most literary agents, no doubt, had similar “who needs cotton candy?” reading experiences when they were children. The memories of such pleasure propelled them into their literary careers. Agents not only hope to find such sense of wonder again, they also dream of developing and helping to publish such gifts to the world, so that others may share that joy.

    After settling into their careers, though, they find their eyes blurring over run-on sentences, boring beginnings, endless weak adjectives, plots that go nowhere, and characters with no character…

    The above is from my blog: http://www.f1reth0rns.blogspot.com/. I wrote it mostly to give me some name recogntion before I send out query letters.

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  2. The best writing I do is when I give myself permission to “write bad.” Then, the uncensored writer within me takes the lead, pushing the critic and the editor and the lawyer to the back-burners for a bit.

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