Advice from Jane Yolen: Don’t Give Up!

Advice from Jane Yolen: Don’t Give Up!

Here’s a tip about being a writer by a terrific one: Jane Yolen.

Jane Yolen has written many great books, from How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (for little kids) and Owl Moon . . .  to middle-grade fantasy series like the Young Merlin or the Pit Dragon books to great YA novels like The Devil’s Arithmetic, Armageddon Summer, Briar Rose . . . over 200 published books in all!

So she knows a bit about writing. Here’s a tip from her: Don’t get discouraged by comparing yourself to other (better) writers.

No matter how hard you work on your writing, there will always be other writers who are better, faster, deeper, more popular, richer. And that’s fine.
– Jane Yolen

[It’s from an interview in this blog: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.]

And here’s more (from another interview, A Conversation With Jane Yolen, by Claire E. White (WritersWrite, June 2002); Yolen recalls how she had 113 rejections before she sold her first poem.

Claire: What kept you going during that time?

Jane: Kept me going? No one could have stopped me. I love to write.

. . .  I would remind you of something that [Winston] Churchill told a group of school boys: “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never give up.”

Jane’s message is clear: Write!
And keep writing. (That’s what a writer does.)

Hey, it worked for her!
It will work for you, too.

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