Okay, so I attended ALA last week (photo recap coming soon!), and I got to attend the Printz Reception. As part of that, I heard the four honor winners, and the Printz winner, speak.
Lucy Christopher not only has a wicked accent, but she said some beautiful things. Her novel, STOLEN, won a Printz Honor Award.
During her speech, she said two words that I needed to hear: "Be brave."
She was talking about her books, and how the MC's needed to be brave to survive their stories. She talked about herself as an author, and how she had to be brave during the writing.
I am such a huge baby, but it sort of made me cry. (The poor S&S people I spent the weekend with wonder if I need Prozac. Seriously.)
Braveness is something we need as authors. It is a hard world out there. A tough business, as I'm sure you've heard. There is so much noise, coming from every direction.
An author needs to be brave.
They need to don that bravery during drafting. It's okay to think outside the box, and try something you've never done before. You might be surprised at the results.
Authors need to be brave during critique sessions. Really listening takes courage.
Authors need to be brave during revisions. Don't be afraid to cut anything in your MS. They're just words, and if you're that attached to them, copy and paste to a new document. But be brave enough during revisions to truly make your book the best it can be.
Authors need to be brave during submitting. There are so many things that are out of your control at this point. Write the best book you can. Have faith that it'll get into the hands of the right agent/editor at the right time.
For me, when Lucy Christopher said "Be brave," I heard "Get writing something, you lazy hump." And so I am. I am being brave.
I am writing.
How's your bravery? What are you doing that requires you to be brave?