What's New? | Competitions | About us | Site Map | Privacy | Contact | Join
Authors and Reading
Kids on the Net home

Kids on the Net
is supported by

  Advice to young authors and illustrators

 Claire Rosemary Jane |  Joan Aiken |  Philip Ardagh |  Val Biro |
 Malorie Blackman | Quentin Blake | Mark Burgess | David Clayton |
 Helen Cresswell | Peter Dickinson | Berlie Doherty | Anne Fine | Kes Gray |
 Pat Hutchins | Robert Leeson | Jonathon Long | Jan Mark | Alan Macdonald |
 Roger McGough | Barbara Mitchelhill | Tony Mitton | Miriam Moss | Hiawyn Oram  Philip Pullman | Hilary Robinson | Ragnhild Scamell | Nick Sharratt |
 Jeremy Strong | Rhian Tracey |  Chris White |  Gwyneth Williamson | Jacqueline Wilson

(Please note that the authors have contributed their comments but are not able to answer questions from readers unless they specifically say so below.)

divider line

Joan Aiken

Think of the end first and move towards it.

Think who you're speaking to, and have a definite voice.

divider line

Robert Leeson

I'm often asked the questions What do I write about? or Where do I get my ideas?

Keep a diary every day for the next month — of everything that happens to the people in your class — and you'll never look back because you'll have enough to write about for a dozen novels.

divider line

Jan Mark

Nobody ever became a writer who didn't read — so read anything, everything (not just your favourites). Steal ideas that you admire, then play with them, experiment with them, and one day you won't need to steal ideas any more.

divider line

divider line

2003-2006 Kids on the Net and the authors        Last revised 17-May-2003
Kids on the Net

divider line

Return to Top