CONTINUING THE CHILDREN’S CHOICE BOOK BLOG TOUR 2015
Six years ago Philippa Werry and Fleur Beale wrote the following words of advice for the first edition of Too Good to Miss 56 New Zealand Writers and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Marigold Enterprises 2006 (see below) . I have just rerun the words in front of them to see if they wanted to change anything and neither did.
|Fleur at her computer|
Read heaps! If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader as well. When you read a book you love, read it again and work out how the writer makes the story come alive. And write! Keep what you write and date it so you can see how you change and develop as a writer. Be adventurous, try different styles and genres. Above all, have fun.
|Pippa and Bob Kerr at the launch of Best Mates 2014|
Read as much as you can! People often tell you to read a lot but they don’t always say why. The reason is that if you are going to be a writer, words are your tools. You’ve got to learn how to handle them well, and the best way to do that is to see how other good writers use them. Don’t let reading get crowded out by all the other things in your life: make time for it.
|Last copy - now showing signs of age|