Author Blogs and Advice

You can learn a lot from the experts!  They all have different methods, so try out a few and figure out what works for you! (Of course the one thing in common is that writers write. So don’t spend too much time here – close the window and open your writing!)

John Green – nerdfighter, vlogger, and author of The Fault in Our Stars, among other books.

Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame has lots of advice for writers.

Click here for a pep talk from Wendy Mass. (Check out her plot outlining method in the plot section above.) While you’re at it, check out the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program website for more pep talks from your favorite authors.

Kristin Cashore – Author of the Graceling series, says that her stories begin by listening to an argument, and trying to figure out who is arguing and why. Oh, and she handwrites her novels and uses voice recognition software to get them into the computer. Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind, Everlost and Antsy Bonano series, also handwrites, at least his first draft, and doesn’t always know where everything is going. He also deals with writer’s block in an amusing but effective way. Check out his writing process here. On the other end of the spectrum, Wendy Mass systematically plots out her stories before she writes. Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Leviathan) recommends using visual aids – check out his bulletin boards! Where do you think you’ll fall on that spectrum?

At Go Teen Writers, several authors offer advice just for, um, teens.

Short on time? Elizabeth S. Craig offers these tips for the insanely busy among us (and who isn’t?)

Thirteen writers give (often contradictory) advice on overcoming writer’s block.  A sci-fi writer explains how to overcome 10 different kinds of writer’s block.