Friday, August 10, 2012

AAA: Teri Terry, Author of SLATED with 5 Things Writing Has Taught Me


When I first read a review for Slated, at the beginning of the year, I knew I had to read it. When I did I nearly wept with how. damn. good. it. is. I may have even thrown a few references around to Orwell and 1984, which is basically my way of saying I don't know how to praise it highly enough. Teri Terry is an incredibly gifted writer. From her extraordinarily beautiful prose to her incredible, pulse-thumping oppressive debut novel , there's pretty much nothing about this woman that isn't made of win. I'm so excited to have Teri here today talking about five lessons she's learned from writing.

5 Things Writing Has Taught Me


1. The WHYs are important. Why am I writing this story? Why is it mine to write? Why do I care? If I don’t know, no one else will, either.

2. I’m not in charge. I may think that I am, but time and time again, my characters take over and show me who is boss. I remember hearing writers say thing like this years ago, and thinking they were daft – I suppose that means I’m daft now, too!

3. Patience. You can’t force it if it isn’t ready. If you turn up the temperature to try to speed it along, all you get is burnt cake that isn’t done in the middle (sorry, I’m a little obsessed with cake just now…).

4. To listen to my instincts. It is easy to be swayed by outside influences and opinions, to make changes when you shouldn’t. It is best to avoid feedback when ideas are still in that formative stage for this reason.

5. Never give up. Ever. Publishing is a crazy, difficult business to crack into, and the only way to get there is to keep hitting your head against that brick wall, over and over and over again. Cake helps.



Slated, by Teri Terry

Find Teri on: Goodreads | Website / Blog | Twitter | Facebook

A massive thanks to Teri for stopping by today! If you haven't read SLATED, you MUST check it out. If you already have and loved it, why not track Marissa down and say 'thanks'? And that's not all. Thanks to the amazing folks at Hachette Australia and Date A Book, we have TEN copies of SLATED up for grabs!

22 comments:

  1. I've yet to read Slated, but it looks soooo good. Seriously. I love the whole concept behind it, and I love dystopias. Awesome post! :)

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    1. A'Ishah, it is so so SO good. One of my favorite Dystopians I just... can't even. SO bloody good.

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  2. Great post! I've tried writing a little bit and instincts and patience are a MUST! I just put my pen to paper (or, uh, fingers to keyboard) and WRITE! Just write -- don't overanalyze it.

    Slated looks awesome! :)

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    1. "Put my pen to paper (or, uh, fingers to keyboard) and WRITE! Just write -- don't overanalyze it."
      We need to get you to do one of these posts Kristilyn! PERFECT ♥

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  3. These are all awesome points. But um, that patience one? So much easier to say than do. I am forever getting frustrated when plot-points won't figure themselves out fast enough.

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    1. Oh goodness YES. SO a lesson I'm still learning.
      And this: "I am forever getting frustrated when plot-points won't figure themselves out fast enough."

      I always expected authors sat down, wrote the damn book, and it was fun and flowed and... it's hard to forget some of it's damn hard work. A novel doesn't appear and jumped into your head fully-formed. It's like a jigsaw puzzle and it takes time, effort, and hell yes, patience.

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  4. I may not be published, but I know what it's like when characters take over your book. I have tried to force a story the way I want it to go and it never works out. My characters always get their way.

    *Pouts*

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    1. I'm sure the way your characters want it is the way it should happen ;D

      I remember flicking ahead in Shadowfever (right to end) and going WTF?KDGJJHFALJF!?!!!!!! -- because I'd flipped ahead to a deleted scene. Karen had written it trying to make the Barrons/Max smexiness happen early, and it just wasn't gonna happen. I FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. I thought it was the ending of the book and nearly didn't read it, I was so dissapointed :P

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  5. Teri is lovely so I'm happy to see her tips here, good advice for any aspiring author! I have Slated, I just need to find time to read it!

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    1. Mandee, I ADORE it! It's a seriously wonderful novel, and so unlike -- writing, tone, characters, plot -- anything I've read. I'm crazy in love. Hope you love it :D

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  6. This is so cool! I am so excited to reading Slated! :D

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    1. I'm so excited FOR you to! It's AMAZING! &Hearts;

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  7. LOVE TERI'S GUEST POST! I haven't read Slated and I DEFINITELY NEED TO FIX THIS! The cover alone has me intrigued so I need to read it soon!

    Thank you for sharing this AWESOME guest post with us, you AMAZING Sarah! ♥

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    1. Celine, it's AMAZING! Such a brilliant, eerie, gorgeously written book! &hearts you! xx

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  8. I don't understand the meaning of #3 in relation to anything in my life, but since Teri made references to cake, I think I may have to start learning it.

    But YES. These are such fantastic points! And even though you KNOW some of them, it's one thing to know, another to actually learn to trust your insticts, to perservere and not give up. And I'm so glad she never did, because we wouldn't have this amazing novel gracing our bookshelves.... WHICH REMINDS ME. SEQUEL? NOW? PLEASE?

    FABTASTIC POST!

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    1. Ahahaha! Maybe we could go look it up? I think 'Patience' might be a type of flower...

      "Even though you KNOW some of them, it's one thing to know, another to actually learn to trust your insticts."

      THIS. And some things you know you have to keep learning and reminding yourself of. Easier said than done ;D

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  9. I have patience.....but it deserts me upon ocassion. It does go walk-a-bout when I really do need it the most, lol.

    I'm yet another of the sad bunch of people yet to read Slated. Sounds excellent, but I haven't had the chance to pick up a copy myself. The cover is so stunning though. Those striking green eyes and luscious red lips really make the girl "pop.

    Awesome post! <3

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  10. I requested this on digital after seeing it about:D Yes, never give up, very important!!

    Wonderful post!

    Mich

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  11. I got slated for my birthday and love it soo so so much! I finished it in like a few hours of solid reading.It's a bit disturbing but really thought - provoking and oh god, the suspense. One of my fave books of all time :D Cool post!

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  12. First: Um, why would you ever apologize for a cake reference? I mean, let's just all take a break and have a slice! Mmmmm cake....

    I am so, so, SO excited to read this book! It sounds creepy and thought-provoking and just... good. Anything that you praise so highly is one that I want to read in any case! :)

    FANTASTIC guest post! I love all of these points and I'll definitely have to come back to them some time in the future.

    Sonia

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  13. Awwwwwwwww....!
    Seriously, such amazing and lovely comments. I was having a bit of a grumpy morning, and I feel so much better now for having stopped by.
    And Brodie, re no. 3 - patience - anyone who knows me really well reading my list would ROFL. I'm not known for patience. Even though I aspire to it, and have learned how important it is to writing. Patience in letting your story develop at its own pace can save a LOT of rewriting time.
    And now I'm off in search of cake...
    x

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    1. p.s.
      I'd love it if anyone who wins a copy of Slated (or reads it any other way, for that matter!) says hello - on Twitter, TeriTerryWrites, or Facebook, TeriTerryAuthor.

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