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Sunday, June 14, 2009

SRS Whip Snapper: Emily Wing Smith

If you haven't already checked out fellow Smackdowner Emily Wing Smith, now is your chance! I had the great fortune of meeting Emily in person (and yes, she really is that beautiful and friendly!) at last year's Kidlit Blogger Conference and just finished reading her starred review debut YA novel, THE WAY HE LIVED (fantastic). Her next book, BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE, will release in Spring 2011.

Learn all about Emily and her work at her website!

Emily's best revision tip:

My difficulty in revising comes not from the labor involved in revision itself (which is major!), but the self-doubt it brings. I think, "I'm such a hack. I mean, ANYBODY can write a book if they change everything in it enough."

This is the tip given to me by my mentor and fellow writer, Margaret Bechard, which I now remember whenever I'm revising: REAL WRITERS DON'T GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

Those words bring me comfort. Who cares that I haven't gotten it right the first time? It just means I'm a real writer!

Thank you, Emily! I have to agree - one of my very biggest hurdles working on my first novel was near-crippling self-doubt. I was amazed and heartened to learn I wasn't alone. I hope you are encouraged, too, Smackdowners!


  1. Ah! SO helpful! To know I'm not the only one who thinks, "What the heck am I doing?"
    When I'm in that crisis-of-confidence phase, I always think of a character from the old Sesame Street named Don Music, who would slam his head against the piano keys and yell, "I'll never get it! Never!" And Kermit would always reassure him and help him finish his song.

    Thanks for the reminder that I'm not the only one!