5 Writing Tips from Jocelyn Stevenson

This week’s tips are from Jocelyn Stevenson a children’s media professional. Jocelyn  has worked for over 40 years in children’s media as a writer, creator, producer and executive producer. Her credits include Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Magic Schoolbus, Bob the Builder, Barney & Friends, Rubbadubbers, Pingu,  and Moshi Monsters: The Movie.


  1. Whatever you’re writing, know what it’s about. Don’t be afraid of big ideas.
  2. Give yourself permission to write a shit first draft.
  3. Learn to love to re-write.

Rewriting with pen

  1. Be aware of self-censoring.

“Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

attributed to Goethe by William Murray, a Scottish Mountaineer.

  1. Trust the process.
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