When I agreed to speak to 200 eighth graders, I thought, “How hard can it be? Adults talk to kids all the time.” But THIS adult has very little interaction with anyone under the age of 25 so needless to say, the fear set in very quickly.
My word for the new year is persevere. I plan to continue on my current path and continue steadfastly with my writing and publication goals.
The first few years that I was writing, I was convinced that if I read novels while actively writing my own, the styles of those already-published novels would somehow leak into my writing, making it unauthentic. I saved reading as a reward for completing drafts and would binge for several weeks, gobbling up the stories I’d …
Today, on this Leap Day—this BONUS DAY—I challenge you to start the thing for which you never seem to have the time.