Sometimes the kids come up with better endings than the real story.
Get to know your kids' minds and how they think.
If a big person invests time in reading, kids learn reading is important, the child is important, words are important, stories are important.
Ideas sometimes come from nowhere, and sometimes they take lots of thinking.
I was excited to make my own 'Neverland.'
Most of the authors I liked were dead, so it didn't seem like a safe occupation.
It feels presumptuous to think of writing for adults.
As a child, I loved fairy tales because the story, the what-comes-next, is paramount. As an adult, I'm fascinated by their logic and illogic.
I had to write something and couldn't think of a plot, so I decided to write a Cinderella story because it already had a plot! Then, when I thought about Cinderella's character, I realized that she was too much of a goody-two-shoes for me, and I would hate her before I finished ten pages.
'EIla Enchanted' began in a marvelous writing course at New York City's The New School.
I loved fairy tales as a kid, so that's where my mind gravitates.
My good ideas are shy. But if they see that I treat the stupid ideas with respect, they come forward.
I make mistakes on a very grand scale.
I have a very vivid memory of the way my parents spoke, and the 50's that I grew up in are closer to the 20's, I think, than today in many, many ways.
Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture - I don't watch TV.
I found that I was much more interested in writing and that I didn't like the illustrating at all. I had always been the hardest on myself when I drew and painted. I am not hard on myself when I write. I like what I write, so it is a much happier process.
I wrote as a kid, but I never wanted to be a writer, particularly. I had been drawing and painting for years and loved that.
Most of my job life has had to do with welfare, first helping people find work and then as an administrator. The earlier experience was more direct and satisfying, and I enjoy thinking that a bunch of people somewhere are doing better today than they might have done if not for me.
My interest in the theater led me to my first writing experience as an adult. My husband David wrote the music and lyrics and I wrote the book for a children's musical, 'Spacenapped' that was produced by a neighborhood theater in Brooklyn.
I didn't want to be a writer. First I wanted to act, and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister.
I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry.
Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don't rain on their parade. Don't say, 'That's not true.' Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.
Managing to tell a story is very gratifying.
No, I won't marry you. I won't do it. No one can force me.
When I write, I make discoveries about my feelings.
Step follows step, Hope follows Courage, Set your face towards danger, Set your heart on victory.
Writing is a weird thing because we can read, we know how to write a sentence. It's not like a trumpet where you have to get some skill before you can even produce a sound. It's misleading because it's hard to make stories. It seems like it should be easy to do but it's not. The more you write, the better you're going to get. Write and write and write. Try not to be hard on yourself.
I had to share a room with my sister, who is five and a half years older than I am. We didn't get along well, and I felt that I had no privacy. So books were my privacy, because no one could join me in a book, no one could comment on the action or make fun of it. I used to spend hours reading in the bathroom - and we only had one bathroom in our small apartment!
Luck was with me. I saw no spiders. Luck was against me. I saw no specters.
I'm more interested in plot than theme, but I hope my values find their way into my stories: kindness, sympathy, effort, and humor!
He bowed. 'The young lady must not dance alone.
I wished she'd never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.
Things change, people change, but that doesn't mean you should forget the past.
I never met a word I didn't love
And so, with laughter and love, we lived happily ever after.
I want to be with you forever and beyond...
When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you
I became simply a pair of eyes, staring through my mask at Char. I needed no ears because I was too far off to hear his voice, no words because I was too distant for speech, and no thoughts - those I saved for later. He bent his head. I loved the hairs on the nape of his neck. He moved his lips. I admired their changing shape. He clasped his hand. I blessed his fingers. Once, the power of my gaze drew his eyes...