When I was in New York two weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Gail Carson Levine. She told me she'd just started a blog, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you should.
Like most authors, I get a lot of email from aspiring writers, both kids and adults, looking for advice. This is understandable. Writing can be a frustrating endeavor and the publishing world can be bewildering. While I offer advice on my own website, I also frequently recommend Gail's book Writing Magic. It's full of practical advice and journaling exercises to hone your skills -- much better than anything I could come up with! Gail is also a generous mentor to the young writers she meets. I shared a school visit with her a few years ago and she went out of her way to read students' work at lunch, then seek them out so she could offer advice and encouragement one-on-one. Her blog is an extension of this good work. The blog is only a few weeks old and she's already got quite a lively dialogue going with her readers about what makes good writing. Aspiring writers, take note. This is a blog to follow!