A.F. Zoelle

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A.F. Zoelle loves spicing up her angst with some fiery heat. Her books are a dramatic wild ride, but there’s always a guaranteed happily ever after. She embraces the philosophy of “the more the merrier” when it comes to her passionate characters finding their perfect partners. But sometimes she’s in the mood for something more light-hearted. If you are too, check out her Ariella Zoelle books.

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A.F. Zoelle It sounds cliche, but the best advice for writing is to actually write. No matter how bad you think it is, now matter how stupid you tell yourself it …moreIt sounds cliche, but the best advice for writing is to actually write. No matter how bad you think it is, now matter how stupid you tell yourself it is, even if you think no one will ever want to read it--write. It doesn't matter if you write 100 words or over 1,000 words a day, the important thing is getting them on that page. The more you write and develop your voice, the better your writing style will become.

Whenever I was first starting out writing in high school, I hated everything I wrote and tore it to shreds in edit after obsessive edit. Seriously, I once edited a chapter 227 times before I finally gave up and threw it away. I put so much pressure on myself to produce something worth reading that I could never finish anything. It was a miserable process and I was constantly hit with writer's block fueled by anxiety that it would never be good enough. But one day I had an epiphany: if I hated my writing, why should I ever expect anyone else to love it?

I was always writing with the pressure of readership in mind back then, despite the fact no one was reading anything I was doing, because I never finished anything. One of the hardest things for me was learning how to write for myself and how to have fun with it. Writing fanfiction was a big part of learning how to love my own writing, because I was getting feedback that other people really liked my work, which was WAY more fulfilling than writing in a vacuum where I was my only reader and harshest critic. And it was because of that wonderful encouragement from readers who took the time to review my stories that I learned how to be proud and confident in my own work. I realized it was okay to write the stories I wanted to tell, and it turns out people really liked them! It's what gave me the courage to return to original fiction again all these many years later.

It's also really important to remember that you can't please 100% of people 100% of the time. There's always going to be that person who is ready to criticize your efforts and tear you down. But you can't let that one negative review wipe out all of the good ones. It's okay that your story wasn't for that person. Take pleasure and comfort in the fact that your writing brought joy to all those other readers who appreciate you and your work.

In short, have fun writing what you love and don't worry about what people might think. It doesn't matter if someone leaves you a bad review, because you're someone else's favorite writer. (less)
A.F. Zoelle I have so many worlds inside my mind that I want to share with people. I can't draw at all, so writing allows me to let people in and see all the amaz…moreI have so many worlds inside my mind that I want to share with people. I can't draw at all, so writing allows me to let people in and see all the amazing stories that keep me up at night when I'm trying to sleep. Writing has also blessed me with some of the nicest readers who I've become close friends with over the years. Those two things are definitely the best thing about being a writer.(less)
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Love Means More Available for Pre-order

Did you enjoy Bet on Love and want to know what happens next? The sequel Love Means More is now available for pre-order on Amazon! The eBook will be released on May 21, 2020.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Love of the Last Tycoon

Neil Gaiman
“We will do an awful lot for stories—we will endure an awful lot for stories. And stories, in their turn—like some kind of symbiote—help us endure and make sense of our lives.”
Neil Gaiman

Lev Grossman
“I adore the way fan fiction writers engage with and critique source texts, by manipulating them and breaking their rules. Some of it is straight-up homage, but a lot of [fan fiction] is really aggressive towards the source text. One tends to think of it as written by total fanboys and fangirls as a kind of worshipful act, but a lot of times you’ll read these stories and it’ll be like ‘What if Star Trek had an openly gay character on the bridge?’ And of course the point is that they don’t, and they wouldn’t, because they don’t have the balls, or they are beholden to their advertisers, or whatever. There’s a powerful critique, almost punk-like anger, being expressed there—which I find fascinating and interesting and cool.”
Lev Grossman

“Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book’s about them.”
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Victor Hugo
“A writer is a world trapped in a person.”
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