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1. Read! Read! Read!
To grow as a writer, it helps to study what works, and what doesn’t.
2. Write! Write! Write!
Like anything else, the only way to improve is with practice, practice, practice.
3. Revise! Revise! Revise!
Let your writing “cool off,” then return to it with a critical eye to see how to make it better. (This is where what you learned in Step 1 pays off.)
4. Submit! Submit! Submit!
Your writing will never get published if it’s sitting in a desk drawer (or on your computer’s hard drive). If you get any “encouraging” rejections, be sure to send the editor a “thank you” along with another manuscript. (If you’ve followed Step 2, you should have plenty of manuscripts to choose from!)
The September, 2006 edition of The Edge of the Forest interviewed me for its "A Day in the Life" column. To read the interview, click the link below.
I graduated from the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program with a wonderful group of writers/illustrators known as The Hive. Below are links to some of their websites.
Two additional authors you should now are co-bloggers with me at www.TeachingAuthors.com: