Robin LaFevers wrote an amazing post at Writer Unboxed last month. It’s the story of her years as a mid-list author and, with the release of her most recent book, GRAVE MERCY, marks the transformation of her writing career. Read what she has to say about writing below, and then head over to read the full post here.
The thing is, once we have reached a certain mastery of craft, craft is no longer the issue. In order to take our writing to the next level we must embrace our strange, unique, and often embarrassing selves and write about the things that really matter to us. We need to be willing to peel our own layers back until we reach that tender, raw, voiceless place—the place where our crunchiest stories come from. We need to get some skin in the game. It should cost us something emotionally to tell our stories. But many of us who come to writing do so because they were voiceless at some point in their lives, so doing that can be the most terrifying risk of all.