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Three Things to Tell Your Teenage Writing Self: #3 A stop sign is just a pause

The advice I wanted most and never got as a teenage writer was not about craft but about the writing business. My English teachers didn’t know. Stop sign. My Mom said flatly, “you can’t get published, you’re a girl.” Stop sign. (This was in 1969. She should have known better.) Later, I met published science

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Three Things to Tell Your Teenage Writing Self: #2 And then stuff happens

via GIPHY One joyous discovery I made along my journey to full-on authorhood was that the middles of books are hard, yes, but they are hard for everybody. Most authors writing most books get to some point between page 100 and page 250 and stop dead, feeling like they’ve lost their way in the story,

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Three Things to Tell Your Teenage Writing Self: #1 Don’t bite the basketball

My teenage writing self wanted to write novels. Whole series of novels. I wanted some kid my age to go to the library (I was very uncommercially-minded in those days) and ask the librarian for something “funny and real, but not so real that you cry when you’re reading it while you eat breakfast, you

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