Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, beloved children's author has died.  A former school teacher, her first young adult novel was published after an editor told her she was writing the wrong story, and asked for a rewrite.  She had to rewrite it twice before publication, but then went on to write nearly fifty books, including the Newbery honor books, The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm.  Read her full obit here, and remember three important writing axioms from her life:
1.  Good writing is rewriting.
2.  Know your audience.  (She credits her years teaching the upper elementary grades for her ability to write for that age group.)
3.  This is a business of rejection, and only those who persevere in spite of that rejection will succeed.

Happy reading and writing,


  1. Thanks for the interesting information.

  2. According to my opinion many people can write on a topic but real assessment of his/her writing skills is when he/she can also rewrite that content without the guidance of any rewriting services.

  3. A motivational sharing and I am also in the favor of your point that "Good writing is rewriting". As rewriting services are not of good quality usually.

  4. Informatively! Shortly! Usefully! Thanks a lot! I think the best one is the phrase about rewriting
    . I never thought about it.


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