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Writing Tips from Jodi Lynn Anderson

Have Faith, Eat Snacks, Get a Cat

A biggie for me: Don’t give up on your story just because it’s not coming out in this amazing, creative burst. Keep working.

Also, don’t give up on your story because the first draft is embarrassing and self-indulgent. Ninety percent of writing, for me, is sloughing off the bad stuff that I would never want anyone to see!

Keep a snack handy. Something crunchy.

You might want to adopt a cat. A cat will let you talk to her about all of your writing worries. She will let you throw toys at her and not accuse you of procrastinating. She may often look at you like you are crazy. but at least she is stuck with you. Unless she’s an indoor-outdoor cat.

Learn more about Jodi Lynn Anderson, author of Tiger Lily and Love and Peaches!

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