On Becoming a Writer
+ What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Read all kinds of books — funny ones, sad ones, scary ones, adventurous ones. Then write the kind of book you love the most.
- Consider a career in publishing. You’ll be around books all day, meet tons of smart book-loving people and get paid.
- Publishers want the next big thing. They don’t know what that is. Nobody knows what that is. So write your book. Finish it. Make it awesome. Then worry about selling it.
+ What kind of schooling do I need to write a book?
Anything you learn or absorb helps your writing. In my case, I have a degree in English lit, which allowed me (er, forced me) to read many different types of books and understand various writing styles. But any subjects you take in high school or college will broaden your knowledge and make you a better, and more informed writer.
+ I want to be a novelist, but an entire novel seems so overwhelming. What do I do?
Try setting small goals — like writing one page a day. Before you know it, you'll have a finished book. Trust me, it works.
+ You didn't answer my question!
I didn't? Did you read the other FAQ pages? (Check out the FAQs about me, about my books, about writing, and about my upcoming books.) You already read all those pages? And I still didn't answer your question? Oops. Sorry about that. You can head to the Contact page for my snail mail address or to get in touch with me via email. I'll do my best to get back with you as soon as possible!