The Gift of Writing by Deborah Lytton - December Theme

When I was a young girl and fell in love with reading, I never dared to dream of becoming a writer.  I idolized authors like Judy Blume and Madeleine L'Engle and envisioned them writing in seashell covered castles with golden pens that never ran dry.

When I began writing (with screenplays and short stories before finally arriving home with my great love, middle grade fiction), I found that it fulfilled something in me that had been missing.  Writing is a gift I give to myself.  It costs nothing and yet is more precious than anything money can buy.  Writing is creativity, inspiration, freedom and hope woven together by words.  It is a gift that is timeless.

We all have stories to tell and dreams to share in words, so this holiday season, give yourself the gift of writing.  Promise to cherish it forever.

And if you ever forget how precious writing is, just imagine Judy Blume and Madeleine L'Engle with their pens of gold and how they wrote stories that will last forever in our hearts.


  1. Love this! My middle grade novels growing up had a profound impact on me, and the two amazing authors you note above were part of the reason. When I was writing my MG novel I though all the time about the kds who would read it and how I wanted them to feel. It is such an honour, isn't it?

  2. I love the image of the golden pens that never run dry!

  3. Ah, Judy. My copy of AYTG had that exact cover.

  4. Wonderful images! I want a seashell covered castle!


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