Laura Harris. Fantasy author.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Anonymous asked:
Is it quicker to self-publish or to get an actual publisher? What steps do you have to take to self-publish?

If you know what you’re doing, self publishing would be a lot quicker. You could probably do it in a few days, depending on what you’re publishing through. 

It can take months or even years to get an agent and it can take anywhere from a few days to several months to find a publisher after that. Then there’s all the stuff that goes into making your manuscript into a final book. That can take anywhere from a few months (usually for something in extremely high demand) to two years.

For fiction it’s usually between one and two years, excluding writing, finding an agent, and finding a publisher.

There is a self publishing tag on the tags page that can give you lots of information on self publishing and you can also look at my How to Write and Publish a Novel page for more information.

Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance


  • Less danger of writing awful purple prose
  • Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
  • Friendships are really cute
  • It’s easier to write healthy friendships
  • Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
  • Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
  • Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
  • Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
  • More stories about online friends would be nice
  • Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
  • Did I mention the cuteness factor?
…you should wait until the book is finished before making a judgment on its content. By the time you have gone through twenty drafts, the characters may have developed lives of their own, completely separate from the people you based them on in the beginning. And even if someone, at some time, gets upset with your words – so what? Live your life, sing your song. Anyone who loves you will want you to have that.
— 出典:Walter Mosley (via writingquotes)


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The two main characters from author Laura Harris' newest book series, Firesouls!

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Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎

Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!

Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎

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8 August 2014, 12:01pm


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7 August 2014, 12:01pm

She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.

With wonder, she smiled.

That such a room existed!

— 出典:Markus Zusak; The Book Thief