Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wise Words from Cynthia Leitich Smith

We all know you can learn a great deal about the writing process by reading author blogs.  And there are more blogs than I can possibly keep up with. Sometimes, unfortunately, you have to pick and choose. One of the blogs I read regularly is CYNSATIONS by author Cynthia Leitich Smith.  If you haven't yet discovered her blog, be sure to stop by.

But sometimes you learn tidbits of wisdom from a comment an author has left on someone else's blog.  Here's Cynthia's comment on author/agent Mandy Hubbard's livejournal post from Dec 7, 2010 (which brilliantly discussed how rejection makes you a stronger writer):

"Publishing is a lot less about splash (which you can't control) and a lot more about whether you keep kicking.  So kick hard."

So true.

What are your favorite words of writing wisdom from a published author of books for children or teens? 


  1. I love that quote.

    I can't think of specific words of wisdom. I follow many authors, and I constantly get great advice and tips.

  2. Thanks, Myrna and Medeia. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, realized right away what a great quote it was, and saved it for later.

    And yes, there's a great deal of wisdom available now on the internet, from numerous authors, editors and agents.

  3. Wow, I love that. It's so true.

    There are so many words of wisdom that I love, so it's hard to choose, but here's a great one:

    "A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then." C.S. Lewis

  4. Oh how cool, Natalie! What a great quote from C.S. Lewis. Perfect for all of us who are writing for children. Thanks!


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