Thursday, December 3, 2009

How to Write, Part 1. And Also Parts 2-10,000.

So I am not really altogether in my brain yet, because we just moved to a new house yesterday, and my life is a castle made of cardboard boxes. So I have only three things of value to say today.

1. If you're in the Charlottesville, VA area, I will be doing a signing at the Barnes & Noble there (1035 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 ) on Saturday, from 1-3 p.m.

2. I got asked again where folks could order signed copies of my books in time for Christmas. I've hooked up with my favorite local indie, Fountain Bookstore, and they ship those bad boys out wherever you so desire them. Here's the linkie.

3. One of the questions I get asked a lot in interviews is "how did you learn to write?" I always answer the same way, but this time, sitting in my brand-new office, I think a visual answer might do better. Mr. Darcy, bring up the photo booth and riddle us, oh Mac, riddle us.



Bookshelves are a girl's best friend


Rinse & repeat.

12 comments:

Jessica Kennedy said...

Oh! Lovely bookshelves! :)

Larissa said...

I can't wait to have bookshelves. (It's a long and depressing story.)

Awesome. And also, between you and Kiersten White (who just got a Mac and vlogged with it today), I now want a Mac.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Holy mother of book shelf envy!!!!!!!!!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I love my Mac dearly, Larissa. That's why it's called Mr. Darcy -- because it took me awhile to get to know, but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.

And *grin* the shelves are IKEA.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Lol, great advice. Love those shelves! Congrats on the new house!

Donna Gambale said...

I'm looking to buy a house with my boyfriend this summer, and one set stipulation is that I MUST have a wall of books. This is beautiful! Good luck with the unpacking -- and right before the holidays! Yikes.

Adriana said...

Best advice ever! :) And what about rewriting? Do you go back a lot and revise what you've already written, or do you pretty much leave everything the way you wrote it the first time? I've been contemplating the revision process from a writer's point of view...

And on an unrelated note, I finally ordered my own copy of Shiver yesterday! The first one I bought, I gave away as a present as soon as I read it. I am in love with that book. I cannot begin to tell you how much I cried at the end when I read it the first time. That's definitely in my "what makes a great book" criteria -- if it makes me cry or laugh. Thank you for writing it. I can't wait to reread it.

Good luck with the unpacking!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Adriana -- I definitely DEFINITELY rewrite. The first draft is just getting all the cooking ingredients on the table. Actually, it's more like making a complicated layer cake. The first draft is cooking the cake, making the pudding filling, make the fruit topping, whipping the cream. Revision is assembling them and redoing them until they're pretty. Some components might not change at all, like the cake, but sometimes something will just not work (who likes coconut anyway) and you'll toss it in favor of an entirely new component that you create.

Thanks, Donna, and yes. Wall of books seems like a sort of necessary thing for you.

And thanks, Lacey!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Maggie, I just learned about you over at Shelli's blog. Just had to come by after reading that great post.

Okay, I really, REALLY, want to know why a MAC opposed to any other lappy?

P.S. LOVE YOUR BOOKSHELVES--SO VERY NEAT AND TIDY!!!

Rebecca Knight said...

I just popped over from Market My Words and joined your blog :). I loved SHIVER and am excited for the next in the series.

Also, that pic of your bookshelves just made me drool on my keyboard...

Thanks for the writerly advice!

Shelli said...

ok now I have book envy. thanks for interviewiung today and stopping by :)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Thanks, Rebecca! And you're welcome, Shelli, thanks for the great questions. And Eileen, I love my Mac because it never crashes, never locks up, does anything I ask it to, and is totally intuitive. Any questions? ;p

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