Invent. Reinvent. Choose yourself.

One of my absolute favorite writers is the lovely Cynthia Leitich Smith, NY Times best-selling author of Eternal, Diabolical, and Blessed. She also has a killer website with a Children’s & Young Adult Literature Resources section full of great information for readers, writers, librarians, and everyone in between.


When gathering information for my ABC Event last October that dealt with slumps, roadblocks, and renewing your love of writing, I posed the following questions to a few accomplished young adult writers:

Since a good way to achieve success is to study the habits of those in your field who are already successful, could you share any work habits, beliefs, or philosophies that make you excel?

Cynthia’s answer was so beautiful, I’ve been meaning to share it for some time now:

        Choose yourself. Don’t worry about what you can’t control in publishing. Who’s the lead title, the trend of the moment, the critical/social-issue darling of the day… Focus on what you can impact. Hold yourself out as successful, upbeat, hardworking, and give back, too. Develop your own strategy, considering your individual strengths and resources, for serving as an effective ambassador for your books and the body of literature as a whole. Invent. Reinvent. Choose yourself. Reinvent again, and choose yourself again, too–embracing the fun along the way.

Sigh. Love, love, LOVE that. Invent. Reinvent. Choose yourself. If I weren’t absolutely terrified of needles, I’d get those words tattooed on my wrist as a constant reminder. Thank you, Cynthia, for the fabulous advice!

Happy writing, drawing, inventing, reinventing, and choosing, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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