As the old year comes to a close I start to think about life, the universe and everything – looking back and looking forward. I decided this year to seek some words of advice from my friends and share them with you so that we can all be fully prepared for the New Year. I ended up with lots of contributions – all of them are worth thinking about. Once you’ve had a look, you are welcome to add your own!
From author friends
On writing: read everything out loud – it’s the best way to ‘see’ the text clearly and detect irregularities/false notes in the rhythm of a sentence. In life: be nice.- William Hussey – he writes the brilliantly scary Witchfinder books!
Never be afraid to rewrite something. It will only get better.
Never eat anything bigger than your own head.
Philip Caveney (Sebastian Darke and many other stories)
‘Don’t waste energy worrying about things that aren’t under your control.’ That’s from Jo Cotterill, who you will all know as she runs this site!
Food is medicine; if you eat rubbish, you’ll feel like rubbish! – that’s Caroline Lawrence (Roman Mysteries – great books if you haven’t already read them!)
Comparison is the thief of joy. Harriet Goodwin (author/singer)
Don’t give up. The only way you can fail is if you give up. Victoria Connelly, (author for adults)
Aim higher than you think you can go. Julia Bertagna (author of Aurora and other stories)
Never go anywhere for the first time. Actually, that’s advice for people learning to drive, but it’s worth thinking about. Thomas Taylor (author/illustrator)
You catch what you throw. And always have your cab fare home. Nikki Sheehan ( I shared a book launch with Nikki back in January, author of ‘Who Framed Klaris Cliff?’)
From old friends around the world
Be self aware, learn mindfulness.
Whatever you say or do ensure you are clear what your intention is and that intention is based on kindness.
Alexis (a friend from secondary school)
My standard advice to my 3 kids – (a) “Who said life was fair?”, (b) “you will never know if you like it or not unless you try it” (c) “Don’t just take a simple answer, always ask why” Ben (a university friend from Singapore)
Don’t waste your time matching your socks! Kimberley (a Canadian friend)
Here’s one from my daughter to me: “It’s never too late to give up” Bhavin (a friend from India)
Just because Boxing Day is called Boxing Day doesn’t mean you should punch the relative/s you blame for spoiling Christmas Day. The inimitable Philip Ardagh