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Friday, February 1, 2019

Writing something you like to read

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” – Meg Cabot 

Born in Indiana on this date in 1967, Meggin “Meg” Cabot is the author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults, having already written and published over 50 books, led by her 15-book mega-selling series’ The Princess Diaries (also made into two feature films by the same name).  

The recipients of numerous awards, including the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, and the IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice, she has had numerous No. 1 New York Times bestsellers.  Cabot now has more than 25 million copies of her books—children's, young adult, and adult—in print worldwide   .
                                         “I was the kind of kid who couldn't really stop making up stories during class,” she said about the genesis of her writing career.   “I didn't do very well academically because I was always drawing these little doodles in the margins of my notebooks and I wasn't bringing home the best grades.”  She said she actually aspired to become an actress until she got into college, took a couple of creative writing classes and made a dramatic career shift. “Then I decided I wanted to become a novelist.”
Never intending to be a screenwriter, she has, nonetheless, done quite a bit of it.  “Screenwriting is a much more collaborative effort (than other types of writing). When you write a novel, it's just you, with input from your editor.”

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