Happy Birthday, Laini Taylor, born 22 December 1971
- Daydream. A lot. (required)
- It took me a while to finish a book. Too long. And you know, it doesn’t matter how good a writer you are unless you finish what you start!
- Personally, I think the passion for an extraordinary life, and the courage to pursue it, is what makes us special.
- Get a notebook that’s just right, with good paper that won’t curl and that you can’t see the ink through, but that isn’t so precious you’ll be afraid to “mess it up.” This is for ideas.
- When you are young, hone your craft and write shorter pieces instead of novels, because it’s really hard to finish a novel.
- Think up stories until you’ve got an idea you love, that sets your mind on fire with possibilities.
- I think with world building, it’s important to create a sense of culture even if it is just a fantasy, and the best way to do that is to look at a real human culture and see what makes it cohesive.
- Do some research on things that come up in your brainstorming. You’ll find out marvelous marvelous things that will make your story richer, and that can give you a missing puzzle piece that pulls everything together.
- Daydreaming, however awesome it is, is passive. It happens in your head. Learning to make dreams real is another matter, and I think it should be the work of your life.
- Learn what you need as a writer and develop your own rhythm and routine. Routine is good. Like a just-right notebook, find a just-right place to write. A haven.
- Keep writing until you’ve got a first draft, then celebrate your deep genius and tell everyone you’ve written a book! Gloat!
Laini Taylor is an American author of young-adult fantasy fiction. She is best known for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, which began with Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Her latest novel is Strange The Dreamer.
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