Jess Walton: ‘Some people are writing in whatever gaps in their day or their week or their month that they can find'

Picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer disabled woman Jess Walton on the support new writers need in developing a major work.

The Next Chapter: Jess Walton on supporting new writers

'Often when authors are asked to give advice about writing, you know, you hear things like "just keep writing" and "don't make excuses, you've got to find time, you've got to set aside time and write every day". But for a lot of people, being able to pay rent and, you know, support their family and buy the groceries and all of that sort of thing has to come first.'

'So some people are writing in whatever gaps in their day or their week or their month that they can find, and so persistence is important for those writers. But, you know, they need extra support, they need money, they need funding, and they need sometimes mentors, people to tell them that their work is good, that their work has value, and that their voice is needed in the literary community.'

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