So your great wish is to be a successful a writer or an illustrator? Hey, let’s be honest, you want to be JK Rowlings. Harry Potter, move over. Well, here’s some sound advice:-
The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer
Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
– Richard Curtis
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
– Peter de Vries
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
The following is very good advice, even if you want to spit and you’ve been crushed and you know if only they could see, they’d get it, but they are too limited and you’re suffering. Follow this advice carefully:-
Never throw up on an editor.
– Ellen Datlow
So you still wish to be a major writer or illustrator? Reality check:-
Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman’s name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer – and if so, why?
All art requires courage.
Have courage because creating is the way to the heart. Whatever the challenges, pitfalls, crashes, there’s the top of the mountain, the sky. There’s finding joy, insight, laughter and tears and the privilege of inviting others to share it all.
This is my wish for you all and my quote:-
Create because it’s you.
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and New Year and may 2012 be a year of creativity.
Proud to be an Ambassador for The National Year of Reading and an author ambassador for Room to Read bringing education to the children of the developing world.