Rachel Citrin

February 7, 2007

Post #2155 – 20070207

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

I am 11 years old and my name is Rachel. I have loved your books and find them very interesting and funny. I have dreams of becoming a writer (like a million other people– my parents tell me) and I have recently written a small book. Would you be interested in reading it and tell me what you think of it? If you let me know, I can send it to you. Please e-mail me. Please don’t post my message to the forum.

I lived in France last year with my parents and speak French quite well. I enjoy reading, writing, art, acting, singing, and dancing. I illustrate my own books.

I will wait eagerly for your reply,


Daniel replies:

Rachel --

If you have written a book, you _are_ a writer. My suggestion is that you write another one. Then another one after that. I wouldn't go looking for other people's opinions, including mine. (I don't do that anyway). I think the trick is to read a lot, write a lot, don't worry too much about what teachers and grownups tell you--they want to help, but you're the one you have to please. That's what's great about being a writer. People tend to think that you're not a real writer until you get something published, but that's the easy part. The hard part is actually finishing something--but you've already discovered you can do that. Have fun!