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Advice for young writers from Troy Wilson, author of GOLDIBOOKS AND THE WEE BEAR (illustrated by Edwardian Taylor)

Just read (and loved) a fun reimagining of the classic fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears: GOLDIBOOKS AND THE WEE BEAR, written by Troy Wilson and illustrated by Edwardian Taylor, published earlier this year by Running Press Kids.

Here is Troy Wilson’s advice for young writers:

“My advice? Write badly. Badly, badly, badly. Include words and ideas that shouldn’t be there. Leave out words and ideas that should be there. Put things in the wrong order. Have your protagonist act wildly out of character. Why? Because that is what your favorite author does.

“You don’t see your favorite author’s horrible first drafts. Or horrible second drafts. Or horrible third drafts. For that matter, you don’t see their attempted books that never, ever turned out at all. (Some things are just dead ends, even for your favorite author.) No, you only see their final, super-duper-polished work, after they got lots and lots of great feedback.

“Everyone starts with bad writing. Every single writer, every single time – no matter how long they’ve been doing it. You can’t avoid your own bad writing. You can’t go around it or over it or under it. You have to go through it. Just get it onto the page or screen. You can always fix it later. Except if you let the bad writing – or the fear of bad writing – stop you from writing. Because you can’t fix what isn’t there.”

Thanks, Troy! 

Related links:

Publisher page about Goldibooks and the Wee Bear

More about Troy Wilson at TroyStory.caTwitter and Facebook.

More about Edwardian Taylor at EdwardianTaylor.comTwitter and Instagram.

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