Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The quote in my planner this week is from Ernest Hemingway. It says...
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."
How true that is. I find this especially necessary for those of us writing for children--whatever their age. The language used for little ones is different than that for elementary kids, those in middle school or even those in high school. Paying attention to the children around and how they speak to peers, parents and their siblings can help inspire and write stories that feel true and authentic. I know for myself that I tend to gravitate to writing for the age range in which I either am involved work wise or at home with my kids and their friends and drawing on the language and interactions I see and hear helps tremendously.
For you kid lit authors out there, do you listen and use what you hear? From where do you draw your inspiration and best ideas? I love to hear what works for others if you are so inclined to share your thoughts.