How to write! Meg Cabot, Anne Rice give advice to writers

Two incredible women give us both funny and serious advice about how to write novels and stories. Meg Cabot talks about what beginnings, middles and ends (of cats?), while Anne Rice (whose outfit is sort of mesmerizing) gives slightly more earnest tips and tricks.

A favorite quote: “To survive as a writer, you have to be almost stubborn. You have to have nerve….Stick with your original voice.” – Anne Rice

16 thoughts on “How to write! Meg Cabot, Anne Rice give advice to writers

  1. From Anne Rice’s video… It reinforces what I believe every day. I believe in my writing, and ironically I am very critical about myself. Making MY voice the best it can be.

    Meg Cabot gives a humorous view on novels…which doesn’t help me as much as I might like, because I AM A FANTASY WRITER.

    James Patterson offered some useful general data…that I don’t know what to do with.

    • Comic relief exists in all forms of writing. If you can’t set in comedy at all you might want to reevaluate what you write. It’s an element that can create more lucid and relateable characters as well as making a story believable even despite the aspect that it’s impossible.

      (however, I can see how she’s not that helpful since it’s a bit of a very general, albeit humorous, overview.)

  2. What? You don’t need to know the ending of the book before you write it. Gosh, Meg Cabot, stop giving bad advice (except for the ‘Just do it’ part). I loved what Anne Rice had to say, though, except David Foster Wallace had an amazing skilled voice that didn’t sound like himself, while all of Kurt Vonnegut’s books sound like him, and I love both of them, so the sense of self is questionable sometimes. James Patterson is BOSS: I’ve been trying to say this for so long, that people who don’t read do so because they’ve never read a good book. I’m SO glad he agrees. “How do you write bad guys?” “…You write them as human beings.” Figmenters, take notice, you really, really need to ingrain this knowledge!!!
    Great videos thanks so much for posting them!!! I mean, even if I don’t agree with Meg Cabot, I kind of understand that she’s coming from the world of mainstream teen fiction, and now I better understand why I don’t like it all that much. Going with the flow makes stories genuine, organic; constraining characters into an ending can’t always work because the more you write, the better you get to know your characters, and they should start developing and acting on their own, in different directions that don’t always lead to your originally perceived ending. 🙂

    • Actually, Samantha, it is good to know the general idea of the ending before you write. I mean, it may not always turn out like that, but it helps define the book.

  3. Yes, Meg Cabot, you can just sit down and write a story. It occasionally helps to have a general idea of what you want to happen at the end, but you don’t have to have everything set in stone. 🙂

    I LOVE James Patterson and Meg Cabot books! (My mom won’t let me read Anne Rice…)

    • When you’re older I suggest reading Interview With a Vampire (her first novel). Much of her work is very very adult but it by no means smut and the themes she explores are really quite brilliant.

  4. I don’t agree that you need to know the end, I just think you need to know the beginning. I for one, have no idea where any of my stories are going. I’ll figure that out along with the characters 🙂 But Anne Rice’s advice is amazing! Every time I get put down from now on, I shall ignore them. 😀

  5. Personally, I hate knowing what the end of my story is going to be like. I mean, yeah, the occasional idea of what’s going to happen (Does George have a heart attack? Does Alice lose a finger?) is great, but I find that it’s much more fun to write as though I’m reading. Let me clarify. When I read, I don’t peek at the end, but I have a general idea of what MIGHT happen – thanks to the summary. Same thing with writing. I want to be just as intrigued with what I’m writing as my readers will be. 😀

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