Saturday, February 8, 2014
Avi, the Writer/Author
I had the opportunity to hear Avi, the writer/author speak the other night at my nieces High School. I really enjoyed his unique style of writing and storytelling. Avi shared his number one advice with the Children, about becoming a great writer, it is to read, read, & read! Avi, kept emphising, read, read! He has 73 books published, and 10 books, that are not published. He mentioned that, he was never a great speller, and to this date, he is still, not a great speller. Avi shared with the group some of his school work when he was a youngster. The teacher had marked in red, not so wonderful remarks about his grammar, spelling etc… Fast forward to the date, you can see that did not stop him from his life’s work! When he went to college, he refused to take any writing class etc… due to having some professor tell him that is work spelling etc… was not to standard. Avi didn’t want to relive those, not so wonderful feelings, which he had left behind. He also shared some of the letters he had received from editors, rejections. One editor told Avi, the only great thing about this book, was the title. That was crushing! It really hurt! Obviously, it’s up to the individual, what they do with that information. If it’s your heart, take the criticism, and keep going! Make sure that you surround yourself with the same minded people! Family, friends etc… that will encourage you to keep writing if that is your passion to do so! When I started my journey in writing, I made sure to find a great editor that was able to help me through the process! That is one important piece of advice I would like to share with you! And be supportive to others in their life journey!