By

Sarah Aronson
I LOVE end of year top ten lists…the best and worst dressed..the most embarrassing political moments….the best/worst movies, books, etc… They are everywhere! Which means we need one, too. So here it is! To inspire you for a great writing year in 2013…..MY top ten list: THE BEST ADVICE I’VE RECEIVED (and often given), 2012...
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In honor of my fifth wedding anniversary, today’s prompt is MUSHY to the MAX. Write a vow to someone you love. Your spouse. Your parent. Your child. Or maybe yourself. Write it down. Then promise that in 2013, you will follow through.
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Success is available to all of us. We just have to be resolved to work hard.
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Structure is freedom. This advice was given to me by the late, great Norma Fox Mazer. She told me: when you know what you are going to write…when you know what you want to say…it’s a whole lot easier to say it. She was the one who taught me: don’t worry about VOICE until you...
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When you read it in the ladies’ room, you KNOW it has to be true. What I love most about this photo? When I was having trouble with a manuscript, the great Deborah Brodie told me: Eat dessert first! In other words: write what you want to. Don’t worry about the hard scenes. OR the...
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Don’t save that revelation for later: spend it now! What happens next is ALWAYS more interesting than the filler you would have created, pacing the reader for what you already know.  
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I call her Church door Mona Lisa. Do you see a smile, a frown, a skull, or a character from Captain Underpants?
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Is there anything more distracting to the process of writing than waiting for an important letter???? No there is not. That’s why, the motto of my day is: take a break! Get the errands done. Stay busy. Don’t think you can be productive when you are distracted!
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About Sarah

Sarah Aronson holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of one picture book, The Princess and the Pea: A Very Short Pop-Up, and three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, Believe, and The Wish List.