“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” -William Faulkner Dear Writers, Kill the Darlings. It’s one of the first and most important things we learn to do as writers. We all know it is essential. And sometimes, not as simple as it sounds. Killing your darlings means: Getting rid of individual lines that attract...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.