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

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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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