"I am a writer because I was a reader."
"I like to plan on Post-its. This way I can move things around when I need to."
"Would you like a sneak peek at my new book? I can read you the first few pages...and it's not even published yet!"
"I was rejected 26 times before I got my first acceptance letter from a publisher."
"I received 36 'no' letters, before I received my first 'yes.'"
"I draft in this spiral notebook."
"Writers revise many, many times. I rewrote my book about 25 times before it became the book you are holding in your hand now."
"As long as you guys keep reading, I will keep writing."
"Writing is messy. Just look at this copy of my draft."
"My editor told me that it only takes one 'yes'. Hang in there!"
These are the wise words that students at my school heard this week from Kate Messner and Jess Keating, two authors who were kind enough to spend a few minutes on a Skype session with our students.
Such valuable, valuable advice for young writers!