On Sunday, March 15, Carolyn, Liz and Amy had a fun trip to the Oakbrook Borders to see bestselling author Jodi Picoult. My, what a crowd! Over 300 hundred people–Isn’t that great? People came out on a Sunday to see an author, not a sporting event or a Hollywood movie.
In addition to hearing several excerpts from her latest book Handle with Care ( Already number one on the NY Times bestseller list), we asked Jodi for her advice to aspiring writers, and here’s a summary of what she said:
1)Carve out time for writing; even if it’s only 20 minutes a day. You must find time to write every day, a time in which you do not answer phonecalls or write e-mails or search the net. Make it special, make it yours.
2) Write, even if you don’t think it’s any good. You can edit bad writing, but you can’t edit a blank page.
3) Finish what you write. Many writers think their writing is no good and give up before completing a story or novel. You should finish the story before you judge it, and only after you finish it, should you decide whether to edit/revise it or move on to another project.
4) Don’t be frightened by the current state of the publishing industry. It always cycles, and it will turn around.