Ivana asked Laurie Halse Anderson:

I read Speak when I was in the sixth grade, and I've been hooked ever since! I'm sure you get asked this A LOT, but do you have any advice for aspiring writers today?

Laurie Halse Anderson Keep writing!! That's the most important thing!

Also, if you hope to make a living from your writing, learn about the business aspects of publication. Be patient, too, it can take quite a while to break in and to publish enough books that you can pay your bills. This is why many writers have a day job. I was a newspaper reporter and freelance journalist for a long time.

Be sure to check out NaNoWriMo, too!

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