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Lillian Graves

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in Brooklyn, The United States



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The first story I ever wrote was Sonic the Hedgehog fan-fiction at the tender age of eight.

As a tomboy, I spent hours watching boys play video games during play dates. To include myself in their world of buttons and power-ups, I'd ask incessant questions about the characters, worlds, and storyline. I got the bright idea to bring a notebook when their answers became so intricate with rules and plotholes.

This caught the attention of my future partner in crime, B.W., who tore his eyes from the TV and asked me why I had a notebook. When I told him my plans to document and fill in the missing pieces to the storylines, he asked me if he could illustrate them.

Of course I said yes.

The next day, I tore the perforated sides off our first scan-copied

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Lillian Graves By writing whatever comes to mind for at least twenty minutes. I find that's where I get the random thoughts that appear in my writing, such as in…moreBy writing whatever comes to mind for at least twenty minutes. I find that's where I get the random thoughts that appear in my writing, such as in UNFORTUNATES, Vanessa wonders if she knew she'd get a second chance at life ahead of time, would she be more reckless. Or even the completely off the wall, random remarks like why are the specks of black in your vision called floaters, or if boys know that we can see everything through sweatpants 99.99% of the time.

I think these thoughts make the characters real because, while we may not say it out loud, we all commentate our lives as we go about our business.

While it may not be stellar writing on the initial run, you can use the ideas you accumulate during this exercise to work towards a fleshing out characters.(less)
Lillian Graves Don't give up. Seriously. When those rejection letters come pouring in, when you get your first negative feedback, when it seems like no one will…moreDon't give up. Seriously. When those rejection letters come pouring in, when you get your first negative feedback, when it seems like no one will listen and you sink deeper and deeper into yourself, take a step back, but only one.

Go for a run, cook a meal, take a class, have a few beers, go on an extended vacation (always works for me). But never give up. Because that's the only way to ensure you won't get anywhere.

And I promise, in a few months, after you've written something else and gone back to edit the story you were subbing, you will see your weaknesses (and strengths, which they never point out in those pesky rejection letters!) and it will be humbling.

And then the next time you put your work on sub, some of the agents will recognize you and some will congratulate you on your progress. Readers will come back and say they like your second book more than the first.

The business is subjective, so don't let one piece of feedback hold you down for too long. We are all waiting for your next work.(less)
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Ever feel like this?

Maybe you started a new job but quickly realized the environment was toxic, and throughout your stay no matter what you did you kept banging your head on the wall. Or, like every writer, you start off the first draft of a work super excited only to find it derailed by the middle. You get to the end asking, “How did I get here?”

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This book had a great cover and a great blurb, but aside from that nothing else. The dialogue was completely stilted with flat characters. I tried to push past that but they never really grew and everything seemed to fall apart. Even the sexy scenes ...more
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Too much rambling, about nothing. The pacing was off - we jump from making tea, to showering, to grocery shopping. Ten pages in is where the protagonist has the first interaction with the neighbor.

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I enjoyed reading this book for what it was, but was very disappointed in the execution of the politic and tough plot points. This read like any other YA novel - it had a great voice, some punchy lines, but the problem was the voice didn't fit.

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