Like most YA authors, I am often asked about advice for young writers. I have to say that I think studying psychology and acting gave me the perfect foundation for creating characters and understanding story structure. In other words, if you want to write, I say study as many different things as you can in addition to writing. And write every day, even if it's just for 30 minutes. And then of course, the most important thing: BE NICE TO YOURSELF. Don't edit and critique while you're writing. Get it down first, and worry about editing and critiquing later. But give yourself the space and grace to get it out of your head and onto the page first.
It's a story as old as time. I always made fun of people who put their pets on their websites...and then I got Lester. What was I supposed to do? I mean, look at him! (There are more photos of him on the home page, in case you missed them. :-) He has dreams of being a big star—he works in commercials occasionally, when he feels like it—but the thing is, he hates to be hot, and boy is it hot under all those lights...
(aka, have you met my dog?)
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