From: Sandy Arce
Location: New Orleans, La
I want to start by mentioning that I admire your keen writing ability. And I would be honored if you were to give me any input at all.
My question is regarding writing a book of my own. A children's book. Could you give me any advice on how to start or even point me in the right direction? I have no idea and I'm sure I will have my work cut out for me. I can't tell you how proud it would make me to be able to accomplish something for others to enjoy. As I'm sure you can appreciate.
Thank you for your time and above all for your amazing talent which we are all so eager to enjoy,
From: Greg Bear
Writing advice is easy at this stage--just sit down and do it! Carve out some time for yourself each day, and don't worry about the results until you've got a body of work to shape and revise. Try as much as possible to find your own voice, and write about what you love! Then--revise it, put it aside for a few weeks to mellow, and start right away on another story. One is never enough. It takes a while, but after you get the hang of it, come back to us with a report. Good luck, Sandy!
And, as I've mentioned before, you can check out Dan Simmons' Writing Well essays. Definitely intense, but (perhaps) universally applicable.