If the characters are not alive to me, it doesn't matter how good the sentences are. It just becomes all cake and no frosting.
I love being around kids; they're honest and refreshing, and I love teaching them new things.
Writers and artists never pay attention to advice given by their elders, quite rightly. The only worthwhile advice is the most general: 'Keep trying, don't give up, don't be discouraged, don't pay attention to detractors.' Everyone knows this.
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