Monday, July 28, 2014

A great nugget from Melissa Manlove:

If you tell a story that has truth buried in it, it will feel true. There's no pressure to discover the emotional core of your story at the beginning. The first draft comes from your subconscious -- you leave yourself clues as to what the story is about.

Monday, July 14, 2014

From the grossly talented Matt de la Pena:

It's all about how hard you work when nobody's watching you.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The wonderful Kirby Larson, quoting Robert Frost:

Leap and the net will appear.

Monday, June 16, 2014

From my friend and amazing writer Laurie Halse Anderson:

Resolve to write. Exhausted and sleep deprived equals great writing. Don't put kids to sleep - wake 'em up, for God's sake!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Martha Alderson, aka "the plot whisperer", on writing:

Our "setbacks" as writers serve to force us to grow. If you're aware of your own universal story, you can achieve your dream.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A nugget on plot for those of us who write from the seat of our pants, from "plot whisperer" Martha Alderson:

Experience the freedom of structure. Within structure, you can do anything and won't wander to dead ends.

Monday, April 28, 2014

From agent Danielle Smith:

You owe it to the kids who need your stories to get them out into the world.