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Writing tips: Revise, rethink and don’t take rejection personally, ‘Evermore’ author advises June 27, 2009

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors.
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I asked Alyson Noel, the author of the NYT bestseller  EVERMORE , the first book in the Immortal Series about Ever and Damen,  to give us a few tips for aspiring authors. Her second book in the series , BLUE MOON – is due out July 7. But before

Alyson Noel

Alyson Noel

we get to her writing tips, I wanted to know where she worked! And stay tuned for part 3 of the interview: Why writers need to be on the Web. (To read the first part of the interview, “Evermore” Author on Immortality, Teen Angst, Her Next Book, CLICK HERE!)

Q. What’s your workspace like?

A. I work at home, in an office that doubles as a workout room. So along with the usual desks, computers, overcrowded books shelves, faxes, printers, phones, and chairs, there is also a treadmill, a recumbent bike, a small TV on the wall in case I need to watch Oprah, and one of those huge rubber balls that you’re supposed to use for . . .well, I’m not really sure, but sometimes I sit on it! I also have a nice ocean view, but I keep the blinds closed because I like to focus on my work without any distractions!

Q. Is it hard to write for teens — when you’re not a teen? (How do you remember all of that angst so well!)

A. While technically I’m well past my teen years, the truth is that despite the husband, the mortgage, and the monthly utilities bills, I’ve never reached that moment where I felt like I’d truly grown up. I still blast my music, still start my sentences with “Omigod!”, still get rock star crushes, and I still blueMoon(2)remember exactly what it felt like to fumble through a pretty difficult adolescence. I have a lot of empathy for teens and I guess I’m still connected to that time in my life in a very big way!

Q. If you had to boil down all of your expertise/experience and advice you’ve received, what would be your Top 3 tips to writers?

1. Rejection is a given in this business and it doesn’t end just because you get published, so it’s important to learn to not take it personal and just keep on keeping on—it’s the only way.
2. Revising is your friend. When you’ve finished your manuscript stash it away and don’t look at it for three months. It’s amazing what a fresh read will reveal!
3. Writer’s Block occurs when you don’t know enough about your characters or their world and the cure is research. Next time you’re stuck, delve into your characters and their motivations a little more, immerse yourself in the world you’ve created, research the concepts you’re applying—it’ll spark new ideas that’ll send you on your way.

Visit Alyson online at:

Her Web site

Suggestions? Have an author you want me to interview? Let me know. Just post in comments section.


JENNIFER LYON: ‘Blood Magic author talks about her hero and Hugh Jackman’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

SHANA ABE: ‘Author of Dragon series on next book and its renegade lovers’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

LINDA O JOHNSTON: ‘Her Alpha wolves practice safe sex’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.

SUSAN SQUIRES: ‘Author of vampire series on strong women, kinky things, time travel’ and CLICK HERE for her writing tips.


1. http://rachelkovacs.blogspot.com - July 1, 2009

Thanks for the article. Very helpful. I’m a publisher myself and I always like to read articles like yours.

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