I continue to be very busy, so I must accept the fact that, for the time being, I’ll be able to post on this blog only a few times a year.
I’ve been working on several short writing projects, and I’ve been gathering ideas for more. That’s all good.
I’ve also been searching for recent (2010-present) outstanding children’s books for the middle-grade crowd (children 8-12 years old).
A few favorites :
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (companion book to Elijah of Buxton)
Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
These books have three things in common: an engaging story line, exemplary writing, and a sense of significance.
That third element has been on my mind recently. As a reader, I prefer to read stories about stuff that matters. I want stories that will touch me or move me in some way. Stories that will open my eyes and heart to important truths. In short, stories that will help me become a better person. And as a writer, those are precisely the kind of stories I want to write.
So there you have it: SIGNIFICANCE. I will add it to my goals as a writer.
“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight.” –Ursula K. Le Guin