"Keep a diary and write down your feelings about each thing you do. This means you have to notice and remember. And not just feelings, but the color and shape and taste and smell of things. This helps you to make what you are writing about clear and alive.
Also, read a lot."
Children's book giant Charlotte Zolotow, author of more than 70 books and editor (at HarperCollins predecessor Harper & Row, where she reigned over her namesake imprint), has died at the inspiring age of 98.