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  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.)

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Alan Macdonald

Write stories - the more you write the better you get.

Show your writing to someone whose opinion you respect (teacher, aunt, librarian).

It's important to go back and redraft - the first go doesn't always work. Get something down and then make time for the second stage, to redraft.

It can be disruptive to edit as you go along, so a word-processor is good to get all your ideas in one go and then go back and edit it.

I like to see it on paper, so I print it out to read, and then redraft.

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