Practice Interview Wise Nugs

Interviewed: Leslie Wibberley, Writer/Author in Poco

Wise Nug #1:

  • Don’t be afraid to get your work out there, to keep trying, to send your work to publishing companies. “What’s the worse thing that could happen? You don’t get published? News flash – you’re already not published.” Don’t give up; have confidence and keep trying.

Fear is the only thing holding you back; if you never try, nothing will happen. If you try, you’re leaving yourself open to possibility.

Wise Nug #2:

  • Careers, especially authorship and writing, is 20% skill and talent and 80% timing and luck. Be persistent and don’t give in; challenge yourself to get rejected as many times as possible because it means you’re trying instead of letting the work rot in a file somewhere.

Getting rejected many times isn’t failure; it’s a sign of effort and persistence.

Wise Nug #3:

  • “YOUR MISSION IS TO DESTROY YOUR ADVERBS!!!” – Adverbs, especially after ‘said’, pull your reader out of the story and is distracting
  • Get your butt in your chair and write. Write and write and don’t stop writing. Use the opportunities your age gives you to write as much as you can.
  • Get as much experience with your passion as you can. Practice for your profession. Don’t just work toward the career you want, work in the career now.

Continued practice is the path to success; it takes hard work and effort, not just passion, to be successful.


  1. Awesome Michelle! This is sage advice!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published / Required fields are marked *