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The 14 Best Bits of Advice from WIFYR 2012

  1. Remember when Jennifer Grey fixed her nose and became as good-looking as every other actress? Don't take all the flaws out of a manuscript. (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  2. When you start cycling, adding in a bit and then taking it back out—it's time to turn in the manuscript (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  3. Your book starts on the day that is different (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  4. Don't write in an echo chamber (Ann Cannon)

  5. Being a published writer did not make my life that much better (Ann Cannon)

  6. Ogres are sexy to other ogres (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  7. If you write non-humans, you must work even harder to humanize them (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  8. If your character doesn't have to be an angel, then don't make him an angel (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  9. Notice a vacuum in the market that you as a reader want filled. Then fill it. (Cynthia Leitich-Smith)

  10. Don't say the obvious (Ruth Katcher)

  11. Voice is the story that only you can tell (Ruth Katcher)

  12. Stand out by being good and being yourself. (John Cusick)

  13. Teens do not read for pretty prose. (Alexandra Penfold)

  14. A list is an investment portfolio, designed to spread out risk. (Alexandra Penfold)


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