Like her or not, it's no secret how Stephenie Meyer earned supermassive success because of her novels.  In case you don't know ...

The Stephenie Meyer Guide to Following Your Writing Muse

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Like her or not, it's no secret how Stephenie Meyer earned supermassive success because of her novels.

 In case you don't know her, Stephenie Meyer is the author of the most successful young adult vampire romance novel series -- The Twilight Saga.

As most of us witnessed, her novels become worldwide blockbusters, especially when they're adapted to the big screen. With this huge success, Stephenie is listed in Forbes as one of the top earning authors, combined with her long list of recognition.

So, same from other favorite best selling authors, it's worthy to listen to what she has to say about the craft.
From here, you'll find some quotes from her books and interviews. Moreover, I'd decoded them on how they apply on writing, as well as blogging.


On Immersion

I took mythology a lot more seriously since I'd become a vampire. - Breaking Dawn
 I see this Stephenie's quote this way, "I took writing a lot more seriously since I'd become a blogger."

You can learn lot of different skills to improve your blog (e.g. SEO, HTML, marketing) but good writing is still the most important skill you need in blogging. It's because, most of time, you write when you create a content. Furthermore, if you see every content you publish as an asset, investing time to learn and enhance your writing skill will take your blogging mileage further.

On the Gift of Writing

Write for the joy of writing. Don't worry for the rest of it.
 This is Stephenie's advice to new writers during in an interview in the premiere night of New Moon. As what she said, always in mind to write not for the sake of glamour and becoming famous. Write because you're fond of doing it. If you're goal is to become well-known, like her, you need to work hard to do lot of writings. But what good about it is even if you're not successful or popular (yet) but you touched someone through your writing, there's a rewarding feeling that you'll treasure for the rest of your life.

On Reading Books

I've been reading books for adults my entire life. Growing up I was an avid reader—the thicker the book, the better.
Stephenie has been strongly influenced by most books she had read. In fact, according from her Wikipedia, she was inspired from these and incorporated some ideas in the Twilight novel series. The series itself was inspired from  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Each book in the series was also inspired specifically by a different literary classic:
  • Twilight by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice 
  • New Moon by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Eclipse by Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
  • Breaking Dawn, by Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Like Stephenie, most writers are fond of reading, especially books. They take reading as simplest way of learning. If you want to be a better writer, be a better reader.

On Writing Process

Writing isn't like math; in math, two plus two always equals four no matter what your mood is like. With writing, the way you feel changes everything. 
 Similar from other art forms, writing is self-expression. Agree? In order for a writer to create better, she injects what she feels every time she's on her writing process. The deeper she is subconsciously immersed to the topic, the more spontaneous words come out.

On Procrastination

Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me. - New Moon
 There are times when something stops you to write. You tried but you're not inspired to do it. Writer's block strikes to you! So you procrastinates.
Don't fret, it's normal. However, don't waste much of your time just a reason for excuse. Instead, fix yourself. Eat good foods. Read books and blogs. Take a shower. More likely, you're now inspired. Then this is the best time to write again.

On Writing with a Purpose

It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful. - The Host 
If you think you need to be talented to become a writer, forget about it. If you think you need to be fluent in English to blog something, it helps but it's not necessary. You're allowed to use simple words, in fact, it's much better.

But most importantly, what you need is to have a purpose.
This is by creating meaningful content that improves some one's life, whether you educate, entertain or enlighten your reader. If you can do it at the same time, the better.
That's the true beauty of writing. You create something valuable. You become an artist, who simply changing the world with words.

On Writing for Ideal Reader

The right thing isn't always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. -Twilight
 Stephenie didn't wrote Twilight for everybody. Actually, she wrote it for herself. But when her sister read her draft for Twilight, she enthusiastically love it. So she encouraged persuaded Stephenie to submit it to book publishers.
When it came out in book stores, it's apparent that most people who bought and read her books are teens and young adults. Specifically, those who love to read romantic novels.
The lesson: don't write to please everybody instead write for a specific group of people and for yourself. Then speak back to their chosen language. Sure, there are people who can't relate to you, or even criticize you. But it doesn't matter because those who matter are the people who believe in you.

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