“I have come to believe ninety percent of art-making is about courage. The courage to listen to our instincts and the courage to trust them. The courage to believe in the value of ourselves and our work. The courage to devote countless hours (days, weeks, years) to something with an unpredictable outcome. The courage to risk rejection and critique and a bad review. The courage to resist the cardinal rule of capitalism: that money equates success.”
The Courage to Write: On the Radical Generosity of Letting Yourself Be Seen :: Lit Hub
“There are all kinds of ways to respond to this kind of situation…But if you respect your editor, you owe that person and yourself a time for deep reflection and careful judgment.”
Work in Process :: Avi
“Information only matters when it matters to a character. What gets us, your readers, interested isn’t the information itself but what it means, what it implies, and how it makes a character feel—but only if that those things catch us by surprise.”
The Static Hiss by Donald Maass :: Writer Unboxed
This has gone into my “canned responses” file where I collect information for answering the “how do you get published?” question I get asked a couple times a year. As a bookseller and agent, Jennifer Laughran is an absolute expert and her advice is spot on.
The best advice if you want to write for kids :: Jennifer Laughran
I read Bambi as a girl and its sequel (my favorite), Bambi’s Children. Due for a re-read soon!
New Bambi Translation Reveals the Dark Origins of the Disney Story :: Publisher’s Weekly
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