I actually love writing for teens best. I had such an awful time in my own teen years - I love having the chance to relive them through my fiction.
This is how many people become artists, musicians, writers, computer programmers, record-holding athletes, scientists... by spending time alone practicing what they love.
When you feel like an outsider - for whatever reason - you spend a lot of time alone.
I was the kind of kid who couldn't really stop making up stories during class. I didn't do very well academically because I was always drawing these little doodles in the margins of my notebooks and I wasn't bringing home the best grades.
There's nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne.
Save your rejections so that later when you are famous you can show them to people and laugh.
Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby - except watching TV and laying around the pool reading 'U.S. Weekly.' I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken.
When I was a kid, I had a couple of really good friends, like some really good best friends, but I was really shy other than that.
My family, they're story tellers. My mom is Irish, and my dad is Italian. In my family, we weren't allowed to watch TV while we ate - we had to sit around the table and tell stories about our day.
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
Screenwriting is a much more collaborative effort. When you write a novel, it's just you, with input from your editor.
One of the biggest motivations for me with writing my books is to offer girls some escapism, especially girls who really need it, like I did.
I was an unhappy child, and that puts me off having a child of my own.
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
I think you get so wrapped up in the book you're currently writing, it's hard to think about anything else. But I know as soon as I'm done with this book, I'll move on to something else.
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