The Wisdom of Authors

I love hanging out with other writers. It feels so validating. (I’m not crazy, I’m just a writer.) YallaPalooza was lots of fun because I got to meet old friends and new authors–and I also picked up some great quotes I thought I’d pass along to the rest of you who may be inflicted with a writing addiction.

“Every revision, you have to make the guy hotter.”–Angela Morrison

“The first two chapters of any first draft generally need to be cut.”–Aprilynne Pike

“I’ve worked out a Ninja Replacement Score for novels. It’s basically the number of characters that need to be replaced by ninjas to make the book good.”–Janni Lee Simner (I did not ask her what my score was.)

And last but not least on the subject of being an author, Carol Snow said, “It beats having a real job.”So true, so true.

Here’s a picture of me, Janni and Aprilynne–the fairy girls.


  1. Juju at Tales of
    January 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Oh I love your books! And Aprilynne’s! Great pictures.

  2. Stephanie Black
    January 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I love the quotes! Thanks!

  3. Kim Coates
    January 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Oh, these are so true. The one by Aprilynne fits me perfectly right now. I’m working on revising my first chapter, and I really do need to toss it out.

  4. Suey
    January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Loving that Angela Morrison quote! 🙂 She for sure knows how to write those guys way hot!

  5. Janni
    January 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Alas, much as I want to take credit for the Ninja Replacement Score, honesty compels me to point to my spouse, who first developed the NRS principle.

    I’ve made much use of it through the years, though!

  6. Stacey
    January 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    So fun! Love the three Fairy girls. And thanks for the advice. Although I don’t want to know how many ninjas Janni thinks my manuscript would need!

  7. Julie Wright
    January 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Dang I wish I lived by you. You always have so much fun!

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