Laurie Halse Anderson

Literary Birthday – 23 October – Laurie Halse Anderson

Happy Birthday, Laurie Halse Anderson, born 23 October 1961.


  1. Write about the emotions you fear the most.
  2. I generally think about a project a lot and go out and ask a bunch of questions, and then I think about it a lot more. And when I can finally hear the voice of the character, that’s when I start to write.
  3. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do this.
  4. Be nice to your parents, because if you want to be a published author, you’ll probably wind up living with them after college. For a decade.
  5. Real writers revise their work over and over and over.
  6. Each reader has to find her or his own message within a book.
  7. Some adults would rather pretend that bad things don’t exist than to talk about them.
  8. If you write a story that feels true, with well-developed characters and natural conflicts and growth, you can’t help but have a story with overarching themes that reflect the human condition.
  9. I reach for funny books all the time to help me get through life.
  10. The constant rejection was a bit daunting, but I don’t write only to be published. I write because it helps me make sense of the world. Even if I’d never been published, I’d still be scribbling my stories.

Laurie Halse Anderson is an American writer of children’s and young adult novels. She is well known for writing Wintergirls, SpeakFever 1793, and Chains.  Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists.

Source for Image

Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

Please click here for our Literary Birthday Calendar

Posted on: 23rd October 2013