“As writers, we need to protect our writing time,” author Adi Rule said at Kid Lit Universe/Portsmouth Public Library’s November Author-To-Author talk. She uses an app to keep herself off the internet. “Writing is a job,” she stressed.
Rule grew up in what she called a writing house. Her mother, Rebecca Rule, is an author of adult and children’s books and Adi soon learned that her mother’s writing time was sacred. “Don’t knock unless there’s a fire…and it better be a big fire!”
Rule attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts and learned critiquing techniques in class. She provided audience members with a handout detailing good versus bad critique methods. Helpful critiques will let you know what is–and what isn’t–coming across in your writing, bring up issues you hadn’t considered, and make you think more deeply about your work. At the bottom of the handout was a quote by Neil Gaiman: “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
Just a week before she spoke at the Author-To-Author series, Rule had been awarded the New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Young Adult Book for her debut novel, Strange Sweet Song. Her second book, The Hidden Twin, was published this year.