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Celebrator of life. Lover of stories. Mom, wife, feeder of three cats. Author of award-winning picture books a...
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on Friday, 14 September 2007 in StoryMagician

Pay attention to the small. The small isn't really small at all.

Many books I see today feel like "sound bites". They skim over the surface, moving quickly, frantically trying to keep the reader's attention. They do not explore the depths. They do not see the beauty of the quiet and the simple.

When I visited Maui in September, I did lots of snorkeling. Believe me. There's a lot beneath the surface. Grace. Wonder. Wisdom. Vision. Surprises.

If you are stuck in the mud in the middle of your story, it's better to take a walk beneath the trees than to read a chapter in another "How to write" book. Stop. Breathe deep. Appreciate. Listen to your surroundings and then the voice inside you. Now go explore the depths of yourself and your story...and write!

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