Friday, December 5, 2008

This I admire

I had such a fabulous experience yesterday speaking to a group of 7th and 8th graders who attend Cosgriff, a Catholic school here in Salt Lake City. Anyway, they'd all read LOSER'S GUIDE and were full of great questions about the book. (Side note here--author visits are just so much more effective when students have been prepped beforehand. This isn't just ego-driven-by-a-desire-to-sell-books talking here, but teachers shouldn't invite authors to speak to a class cold. It's so much more beneficial for the students if they've actually read something by said writer beforehand.)

Anyway. One of the kids asked which authors I admire most. Normally I would have rattled off names like M. E. Kerr and Madeleine L'Engle, who were important influences on me. But instead I said "Anybody who can finish writing a book, whether they publish it or not."

Writing a novel is hard. And if you've done it, you should congratulate yourself. My hat's off to you.

3 comments:

Sara Z. said...

Oh lord yes to the "read the book ahead of time" school visit strategy.

And oh lord yes writing a book is hard.

Missed TKE party last night. Shopped out, needed rest!

Ann Dee said...

I have never had the experience of talking to a group who had actually read my book. I can imagine it would be awesome and much easier than the school visits I have done.

P.S. Yes. Finishing a book=very very EXTREMELY hard.

THe end.

Pink Ink said...

Yes! And each time doesn't get any easier. I speak from my very limited experience, of course :-)

I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel...

That WOULD be so much easier to talk to a group that HAS read the book. Cool for you :-)

PS Your column on your dad and Twilight was a hoot.