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In the spirit of gifting, I have a little present for my writer friends.

Writing advice, in five words or less, from children’s authors who graciously allowed me to intrude on their time. They're very smart. If we keep their advice in mind, our books are bound to succeed!

Happy holidays, and I'll see you back here in time for the Third Annual Year in Review.

Carrie Jones:
Sit. Experiment. Respect your readers.

Debby Garfinkle:
Listen to your critique group.

Shirley Harazin:
Read. Write. Revise. Repeat.

Jo Knowles:
Be brave. Be honest. Write.

Joni Sensel:
Stop thinking and write.

Ellen Klages:
First drafts suck. Keep going.

Gretchen Laskas:
Don't give up.

David Lubar:
Be born to rich parents.

Christine Norris:
Do your research.

Paula Chase Hyman:
Don't let it consume you.

I didn’t get to interview Markus Zusak (maybe one day!) but I got the chance to ask him in person for his writing advice:
Don’t be afraid to fail.

Which upcoming Authorial Intrusion interviewee offers these five words of advice?
Eat candy let it go.

Check back early in 2008 for the answer!


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Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
The writers who have participated in these interviews are all so smart - I thought it was a good idea to compile their bits of wisdom. I'm honored to hear that this is going into your LJ memories!


Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
And don't forget to file either. :)


You could publish a little pocket-sized book with each of these bits of advice in there. Yeah! You should!!!

The perfect gift for writers!

Merry Christmas, Lisa.

Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Haha! I can still see him saying that, "File." (Mini-swoon)

Merry Christmas, sweetie.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
What a sweet little gift! Have a wonderful holiday, Lisa. *hugs*
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lorraine. Hope to see you more often in 2008!

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Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sarah.

Dec. 22nd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the great interviews and I look forward to more next year. David Lubar's advice sounds like the easiest and I'm going to start working on it now. I hope it's not too late.

Lisa, I hope you have an absolutely fabulous, Edwina and Patsy kind of holiday.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, J! I really hope we get to lift a glass in person someday.

Dec. 22nd, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
We shall. Don't worry. For now, a virtual cheers. *lifts glass*

PS - Edina, not Edwina... jeez. I'm obviously in need of a fix.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
These are all great. And just the right length for me to remember. Beyond five and it's over for me.

Dec. 22nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
That was great! It's funny that everyone had something a little different to say. Thanks for sharing.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Wonderful -- thanks for sharing these in a nutshell :)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
fantabulous post, thanks!!!!
Dec. 28th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for putting these together. :-)
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