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Monday, December 4, 2017

The 'transformative' power of writing

“Writing is literally transformative. When we read, we are changed. When we write, we are changed. It's neurological. To me, this is a kind of magic.” – Francesca Lia Block

Born in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, 1962, Block writes adult and young-adult fiction, short stories, screenplays and poetry. She is perhaps best known for the Weetzie Bat series— named after a character in her first novel, which she started while still a student at UC Berkeley.

A recipient of the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution in writing for teens, Block is also is a lifelong writer of poetry. Her first two books, in fact, were poetry collections: Moon Harvest and Season of Green.   Sandwiched around her fiction, she has released several more standalone collections of poetry,       as well as incorporating poetry and lyrics into many of her novels.  She is currently developing an original show for MTV and writing the screenplay that will bring Weetzie Bat to the cinema. 
Her advice to beginning writers is simple:  “Write with abandon and no constraints for first draft. Cut brutally and save in separate files on second draft. Add conflict; don't be afraid to make your characters suffer. Read what you love. Write what you love. Love.”

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