Writer’s Toolbox

Author Q&A

Here we present our exclusive collection of Q&As with a long list of illustrious authors.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi PicoultJodi Picoult is the author of many bestselling novels including Sing You HomeMy Sister's Keeper, and The Pact. 

What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?

I don't buy into writer's block. I think it is for people who have time on their hands. If you don't, you sit down and you write. Period.

What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?

I used to like to write an argument from the first person point of view of each character, one at a time. I also loved: Write a narrative as an ice cream truck driver...who hates kids.

What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?

My mentor, Mary Morris, taught me that I wasn't nearly as great a writer as I thought I was. If not for her, I wouldn't have challenged myself—and kept challenging myself—until I was where I am today.