Thursday, November 27, 2014
But if it's not...if the day is unpleasant, un-fun, or even a train wreck of a disaster of a calamity, remember that conflict is a writer's friend. Smile. Take notes. Observe the emotion involved with the impartiality of a scientist. Then put it all in your next book.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
"Do we have one conversation and then “move on”? Schedule a town meeting and then get on with the business of learning? As a parent and children’s author who regularly visits with children in a variety of school communities, I firmly believe that schools should take on the responsibility of engaging students around this story, and do so on an ongoing basis; it’s necessary, it’s relevant, it’s learning."
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Wishing all of you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
|I recently spotted these guys in a field near my house. They took one look at me and skedaddled.|
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Now, as readers, even as young readers, we know that most of Toad's work here was completely unnecessary. The stories, songs, poems, and music didn't make his seeds grow. What did? Sun, rain, soil, and patient waiting.
So here is my question for us as writers. How often are we like Toad, wearing ourselves out with work that didn't need to be done in the first place? Now, it's true that we can't just produce our stories by commanding our story ideas, "Now ideas, start growing!" And it's also true that Toad's garden is going to take a lot of weeding and watering, and more weeding and watering, before those sprouted seeds flower, the part of the story Lobel leaves out. But I think sometimes we make our writer lives harder than they need to be, when we could just write on faithfully, accumulating word after word with patient waiting, letting sun, rain, and soil - the creative process - do its thing.
I'm thinking about distractions like second-guessing ourselves, letting that nagging editorial voice intrude on the process too soon, polishing text that isn't even ready for major revision yet, procrastinating on a project that needs to get done by starting another one that doesn't, doing revisions with an ax when all we needed was a scalpel, sharing ideas with people we already know will be critical of them, comparing ourselves to others. All those things that make our seeds too frightened to grow, and so "necessitate" endless rounds of pointless seed-reassurance.
What if we just planted, watered, weeded, and waited? And then celebrated our "nice gardens" like Frog and Toad.