My good ideas are shy. But if they see that I treat the stupid ideas with respect, they come forward.

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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I decided to draw her doing something, because she always was.

Get to know your kids' minds and how they think.

I shan't marry a prince!

I know all about you," Char announced after we'd taken a few more steps. "You do? How could you?" "Your cook and our cook meet at the market. She talks about you." He looked sideways at me. "Do you know much about me?

No, I won't marry you. I won't do it. No one can force me.

I trust you to find the good in me, but the bad I must be sure you don't overlook.

My contrariness kept Char laughing, and his goodness kept me in love.

I make mistakes on a very grand scale.

Lantern-shine, dim but kind— No starkness in darkness— Even I please the eye. Outside, wind and rain, Weather's fitful wax and wane. Tomorrow's sun will reveal What night conceals. All we lack, regret, know, Forgotten in lamp-oil glow.

After two stories, I blew out my light. The night was clear. My ceiling was the sky and an eyelash of the moon. By shifting from side to side, I made my hammock swing me into sleep.

I wrote as a kid, but I never wanted to be a writer, particularly. I had been drawing and painting for years and loved that.

Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don't rain on their parade. Don't say, 'That's not true.' Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.

But my last conscious thought was an image of Prince Char when he'd caught the bridle of Sir Stephan's horse. His face had been close to mine. Two curls had spilled onto his forehead. A few freckles dusted his nose, and his eyes said he was sorry for me to go.

I don't wait for inspiration. Writing is my job.