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Road Trip Wednesday #25: The Best Writing Advice Ever

Welcome to our *25th* Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, since this week's topic is a short one, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week's Topic:
What's the best writing advice you've ever received?

Leila: "The advice he called out after me was one word long..."

Emilia: "I came across this quote by the freaky-awesome Lady Gaga..."

Kaitlin: "It's hard to pinpoint one piece of advice as The One..."

Kristin O: "All of these people believed in me..."

Kirsten: "They never saw it coming, but once they've read it..."

Kate: "Look. I think you went into this thinking that because it was young adult, it would somehow be easier." 

Road Trip Song of the Week:
"Do What You Want" by OK Go
Emilia Plater

Emilia is a YA author who avoids studying, food that isn't covered in cheese, and waking up before 10:30AM whenever possible. A bundle of confusions.

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  1. Make every word count. Don't use five words when one word will do.

    Revise, leave it alone for a few months, revise, leave it alone and revise until you are 100% sure it's right. Then repeat process.

    Don't give up.


    It's about dealing with the well-meaning non-writers in your life. But it's me giving advice.

  3. Good stuff. Mine's here:

    It's great to read everyone' inspiring!

  4. Hard one, this week, but some great answers. (:


  5. Here's mine:

  6. I participated!

    And now I'm off to read everyone else's helpful advice...


    Pay it forward everyone. Love the words of wisdom.

  8. Great question. Please come check out my "lunch date" with Elizabeth Scott:

  9. Interesting question. It really made me stop and think. Which is saying a lot to me:)

  10. Here's mine-

  11. I can't tell you how much I've started to look forward to Wednesdays! Thanks for asking us such great questions!

    Here's mine:

  12. This question was really hard! But it made me think a lot -- there is a ton of great advice floating around out there.


    Read a lot, just write, what works for someone will not work for everyone, don't write to sell, and queries are meant to get someone to read more of your book.

    A lot, I know :) But I couldn't seem to narrow it down to one...

  14. Don't write to the market, write what's inside of you longing to come out.

  15. Love this topic and love reading everybody's posts! I've wrote about mine here.

  16. No one has mentioned the Journey stop sign. EMILIA I LOVE THE JOURNEY STOP SIGN. o_O

  17. I love this topic! It has been a ton of fun reading everyone's posts. mine is here.

  18. so many participants this week! love all the advice :)

  19. Write for yourself. I elaborated, of course, but that's the gist.

  20. Here's mine. Great advice, everyone!

  21. Hmmm its very nice article.i like this topic.Its very beneficial for us.You done a great job.Keep it up.


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