Last night on Twitter, Colleen Lindsay and a few others started a session of #askagent – a time when we writers can ask questions and they answer them. Although I always read the questions and answers, I seldom ask anything. Until last night.
The question was simple: Where is YA trending? The answers started off talking about being grittier, edgier, and with a strong voice. No surprises right. But, that changed over the course of the next few posts.
Jennifer Laughran piped in and advised that writers shouldn’t worry about trends – just write a great book, with something unique, and start their own trend. Great advice, right.
And then came Colleen Lindsay – who said my favorite quote of the night:
Don’t write to a trend; write the best goddamned book you can and start your own trend.
Thank you Colleen for reminding all of us that it is about writing a great book!!! This quote really made my week. In a industry where we spend time not only writing, but trying to figure out a business on the cusp of enormous change, it is so hard to remember the fundamentals – that it always starts with great writing. So that is where I am spending most of my time…writing the best book I possibly can.
What about you guys? Have you seen any great quotes on TWITTER?