“Often we go into a story to meet a character and wind up meeting ourselves.”
There are two books from my childhood that I still think of often. The first is Peggy Covers the News.
I read it more than once, which I always considered to be noteworthy for a 10 year old.
During the same years, there was another book, a sandy-colored, flimsy little volume called something stunningly creative like Creative Writing for Kids. I don’t remember much of what was in the book. What I do remember, however, is one section that talked about being an observer. It was not a particularly revelatory moment, and I had absolutely no intentions of becoming a writer.
I was going to be any number of exciting things, but I kept noticing things and I would find myself writing down my thoughts in a stack of yellow legal pads.
And then one day I wrote a book. Maybe it was age. Or maybe it was just the right time. I am no Peggy. I do not have a steno, but I do write more than I ever thought I would. I have surprised myself, because I am a writer. And I am happy.
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