Write On!

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Dear Dr. J,

I want to be a writer when I graduate from college but I’m a little scared. I mean, I’ve never written a book before. How do you do it? Do you just sit and have an idea come to you and write? Or do you research? Or play with your hair? What? Any tips would be appreciated.

Meg Cabot Jr.

Dear Meg Jr.,

I get asked Where Do Books Come From a lot, and I’ve finally hit on the perfect answer: So there’s a writer and there’s an idea. They meet and like each other. The writer puts the idea in her book and they push and pull and thrust and parry for awhile and nine exhausting months later a manuscript is born!

Le. Not.

In reality it’s a lot more complicated. And since I can’t really describe it, I’ve decided to SHOW and not TELL which is one of the things that writing teachers tell aspiring writers to make them want to strangle themselves.

I will warn you though, this is not for the faint of heart. What you are about to see is rare Live Action Footage of a Writer Writing in her Natural Habitat (dirty hair). It hasn’t been retouched or altered in any way. In fact, I made this whole photo essay at 3AM to give it that Cinema Verite feeling. If that means what I think it means. Which is “I haven’t slept in three days.”

And now Adviceopolis Productions would like to invite you to the world premier of Behind The Scenes With An Author (rated SH for Scary Hair). I’m not showing you this to frighten you out of wanting to be an author. But I will say that if you have safety goggles, you should probably put them on…now!

FRIGHTENING RIGHT?? What? You can’t hear me over the sounds of people running for terror? I totally warned you. But now you know The Truth.

You also know what I look like so if you see me staring through the window of a bakery at a cupcake longingly, remind me that I probably already ate two for breakfast and send me on my way. Really you’ll be doing me a service.

Be writetasticmaxistupdendous!

Dr. J

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