E.L. Konigsburg

Interviewer: Do you have any advice for people who want to be writers?

E.L. Konigsburg: I always give one word, and the word is: finish. The word is finish because I think the difference between being a person of talent and being a writer is the ability to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. It means you’ll sit there and work out the details, and work out the next transition, and that you’ll have the discipline to transform talent into a written story, book, whatever.