Happy Birthday, Carolyn Mackler, born 13 July 1973.
- People often ask me now why I write novels for teenagers. Lots of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that I honestly believe that, along with certain friendships, I was saved by the books I read during those years. They spoke to me in a way that nothing else did. They helped me feel less alone. They made me laugh. They made me feel like there was a world bigger than my high school.
- Never underestimate yourself.
- My biggest challenge is to sit to write. I never stop moving—I’m always straightening things up, putting things away, taking out the recycling.
- I write books for myself. I hope that people like my books and I hope they relate to and are excited by them. But I write the story that I want to tell. I know what I like to read and what excites me about a book and I try to write those sorts of books.
- I don’t read fiction when I’m trying to write. When I’m drafting a novel, I won’t read many books at all. I’ll read The New York Times and the New Yorker if I’m in a highbrow mood and People for my lowbrow gossip. I never want to love the book I’m reading more than I love the book I’m writing, but I’ll binge read while I’m touring or in between novels.
- Read. Read current books in the genre in which you want to write.
- Write. Write what you love. Write what makes you excited — journal, stories, memoir, anything. Be honest. Don’t be shy about putting in whatever you want. You can always edit later. And then, once you’ve gotten some significant writing done, throw out, revise, start over.
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