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I got an unexpected present in the mail today - lucky me!

In the spirit of writerly gifts, I offer words of wisdom (five or less, to be exact) from children’s authors who graciously allowed me to intrude on their time this year.

This is the second annual roundup of minimalist advice. Here's last year's. Enjoy!


E.M. Crane:
Leave your house and observe.




Adam Rex:
The secret is to always –

Cynthia Leitich Smith:
Don’t freak out. Keep going!

Melissa Marr:
Everything is subjective.

Varian Johnson:
Enjoy successes – even small ones.

Lisa Schroeder:
Experiment. Play. Follow your heart.

Christine Fletcher:
Butt in chair.

Cecil Castellucci:
Don’t be precious.

Sean Beaudoin:
Start Writing Right This Second.

Candie Moonshower:
Read. Rethink. Rework. Rewrite.

Terri Fields:
Don’t give up! Revise!

Kate Messner:
Sit back down. Try again.

Cynthia Lord:
Don’t flinch before the truth.

Elise Broach:
Write fearlessly, frequently, and joyfully.

Eric Luper:
Read your work out loud.

Amanda Marrone:
Never stop believing.

Ann Dee Ellis:
Eat candy let it go.

S.A. Bodeen:
Do not ever give up.

Thanks, authors!



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kellyrfineman
Dec. 28th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
This post is brilliant. I totally added it to my "memories" so I can find it later if'n I want. And I'll be linking to it in tomorrow's quoteskimming post.
lkmadigan
Dec. 28th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh yay! How fun. It's amazing how much great advice can come through in so few words.

Did you see last year's? I should mention that this is the second annual "5 words" post:

http://lkmadigan.livejournal.com/92424.html
jenny_moss
Dec. 28th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Love this. Thanks, Lisa.
robinellen
Dec. 28th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Neat to see them all side by side like that -- thanks, Lisa :)
sheela_chari
Dec. 28th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I must have missed this last year - it's wonderful. Happy holidays, Lisa!
janel_harrison
Jan. 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Nicely spoken. Thanks Lisa:)
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