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By: Ashley-Lynn Goldstein

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Library of Congress’s national book festival. Being an avid reader, it was like a little girl at Disney world. I didn’t know where to start. While at the festival I stopped by Jodi Picoult tent where she offered some great advice for the college students in the audience.

For those of you who are not avid readers as I am, Jodi Picoult has written a number of books. Her most popular book being  My Sister’s Keeper, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz.

Jodi gave these four tips to make writing in college easier.

  1. Read if you want to write. Jodi explained that reading is a great way to improve your writing skills. Personally, when I read I pick up grammar and style tips I can use to improve my own writing.                                                                                         
  2. It doesn’t matter what you read; just do it.
  3. Write often and frequently so you can do it on demand. How many times have you sat at your computer with a blank screen not knowing where to start. Well, Jodi explained that the best thing to do when you have a few free moments is to write. Write about anything and everything. It will help you be able to write what you need to write when you need to write it.
        
  4. You have to become your biggest critic. No matter what you are writing always critique it harshly. If you are your biggest critic you will never get a surprise grade again.

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