Advice for improving your writing

Imagine being asked, “What can I read to improve my writing?

Julia Eccleshare was recently asked just that by an 11 year old reader.  In part, she replied, “As your question suggests, reading and writing are very closely linked so what you read will influence what you write and how you think.” Former Penguin editor, children’s books editor for The Guardian, and author of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, goes on to suggest reading the classics as well as the best in contemporary literature…Philip Pullman, Dick King Smith, Roddy Doyle, and Patrick Ness to name a few.

It’s not surprising that the advice Ms. Eccleshare gives to an 11 year old is similar to the advice one would give to any adult trying to break into the world of publishing….read great writers!

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