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Maggie Stiefvater Q&A #10


I really like how in your novels you include certain details that give the book more life—most fantasy novels dive into the pure magic of it all, and don’t add the details that you do in dialogue tags, in attempting to describe the gait of each character, in explaining how they are dealing with high school life, in introducing social issues, etc. But is this something natural that you do, or do you really have think about? I feel as if it’s easy to gloss over these details. Do you consider deeply before you write, or does it just come out and you just revise it to give it more character and relevance? Asked by quiddlyfifflepus

Maggie’s answer:

Don’t get me wrong: I love magic. I do. I can’t imagine writing a novel without a speculative element to it. Ever. I don’t like to speak in absolutes, because they make me look not-clever when I change my mind later, but I think that one is pretty safe. Magic. Maggie. Yes.

That said, though, that is not the first thing on my mind when I’m plotting my books. All I care about is the people. The characters. I need to know them. Not the details — hair color, favourite food, etc. But what makes them tick. How they think. How they approach the world. Then I can answer why do they tick that way? Why do they think that way? Why this approach? And then I ask – And how will that change? CAN I BREAK THEM? Can I fix them?

So the character moments come first, always, and are the result of very conscious brainstorming sessions. I play my scenes out in my head like a movie scene before I write a word down, and most of these play-throughs are rejected before they ever hit paper. I consider character more and more in every run through. I’m always asking: how do we expect them to react? Can I make them react in a different way that’s still in character? Because the most satisfying thing for a reader, I think, is to know a character but still learn something new about them in every chapter. 

This is really hard to ask a discussion question on hmm..

Which character have you enjoyed watching grow over the course of the Raven Cycle? 

I’ve loved Adam’s development most of all the characters I think. Though I do look forward to seeing more of the Gray Man.

Are there any characters who you feel have a mind that tick like yours?

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Think about your career instead. Unlock your knees. Carefully drink at the movies. Sleep with your head the other way. Eat more kale. Count the minutes it takes you to remember in the morning. Belly breathe. Lose your copy of the book he recommended. Shower alone. Repeat words until you forget what they mean. It took me six minutes to remember you this morning. freckles freckles freckles freckles freckles freckles freckles. Make sure your back is perpendicular to the ground. reveal reveal reveal reveal unzip reveal reveal reveal unlock your knees reveal reveal leave. Repeat everything he said to you in a breathy high pitched voice. Hang up your racing numbers like pictures of a past life. 11 minutes. “I’ve never been in love.” Lean forward.