Tuesday, September 13, 2011

KidLit Quote of the Week #1

I've decided to do a weekly post in which I share one of the countless quotes I've collected about writing and books. I'll focus on quotes by children's authors, quotes by others about writing/creativity that I think can apply to writing for kids, and passages from children's books.

Why start this now? How about "Because it's Tuesday." It'll be fun!

This inaugural KLQOTW is by an author I admire for his versatility and inspirational personal story. I saw him speak at either an IRA or NCTE conference in the 1990s (ah, the books* he signed for me say the year was 1997), and his advice on finding success as a children's writer is timeless:

"Stay out of the refrigerator, read good books, steal good ideas, develop good writing habits, and marry wealthy."

Good one, huh. And in a Universe-is-funny COMPLETE coincidence, I saw after I wrote this post that Mr. Gantos's latest book, Dead End in Norvelt, releases in hardcover today.** I will be buying that soon!

*Jack's New Power and Desire Lines
**A little synchronicity report for Artist's Way lovers.


Jane Cleere Johnson said...

Love this quote! And hey, I'm spreading the word about the re-opening of knowonder! magazine. We need wonderfully written, imaginative short stories for children. Please consider submitting to us at knowonder.com and spread the word! Thanks! Jane Johnson (editor, knowonder!)

Lisa said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jane, and good luck with the online magazine!

Maeve Frazier said...

I love this quote.