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Published on September 13th, 2012 | by Jill

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Susin Nielsen: Advice for Young Authors

We asked Susin Nielsen, author of Word Nerd, George Clooney Will You Please Marry My Mother and The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen,  for some writing advice.  This time, she answered.

Susin, what’s your best writing advice for young authors?

This will sound really simplistic, but I have two words: Write. Read. Write and write and write, because that’s the only way you’ll slowly start to discover your true voice. And read, because you can’t be a good writer if you don’t also read a lot of books!

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About the Author

's favourite books include The Sound and the Fury, every one of the Harry Potter books, The Fault in Our Stars, The Princess Bride, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and A Little Princess. She wrote her first book -- Chestnut Squirrel Stories -- in fourth grade and has gone on to publish a number of books. She also writes for television and the web.



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