Advice that every young writer needs to hear…


Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says there are three rules every writer needs to follow…

And Ceridwen Dovey, author of “Blood Kin,” thinks the most important thing young writers need to know is that writing is WORK; you should take “long term pleasure in the slow accrual” of the materials of a book…

And Porochista Khakpour, author of “The Last Illusion,” thinks you shouldn’t listen to anyone else’s advice, because there’s no one way to write, network, promote, or get published. “Ditch the script,” she says.

What would be the one thing you’d tell a young writer if they asked for advice? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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