I traveled to this fabulous workshop with two other writers who happen to live on my block. "The Writer's Block."
So, over the next week I will write up some of the nuggets of wisdom I cam away with and share them here!
First, let me say that Linda Sue Park is one of those genius writers who can explain her process in a way that is so concrete that other writers can actually understand and apply it! I felt a little like I was in a math class chock-full of diagrams and quick explanations that made sense!
Today, I’ll tell you about the way she suggests tackling the monumental task of being an author.
Maybe you’ve heard this before but it’s so important. She began the workshop by having us do an icebreaker. Each participant had the name of a character in a children’s book pasted to their backs and we had to attempt to figure out who we were. It was fun but more importantly, it was eye-opening. In a room of thirty-five participants, there were many writers who had never heard of Jo March, Encyclopedia Brown, Milo and Tock, Betsy Tacy, Peter Warren Hatcher, Meg Murray, Ponyboy and Knufflebunny. Then she made the point; If you aren’t a reader, how can you possibly learn the language of writing?
So that’s the first tool add to your new box.