Whether on a beach watching the sunrise, around the table in the writers’ room, at your work space in the midst of family chaos or alone in your cave, inspiration is the invaluable element of all writing.
Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, librarians, friends and community leaders all play a role in literacy. And so do writers. That last group – the writers – is the topic for this issue. If you’ve written a children’s book, middle grade book or YA book – or if you want to – you’ve come to the right place.
While we were putting this issue together, we were thinking of the ways in which you as a writer might be assessing the last 12 months. What did you accomplish? What made you proud? How did your writing move to the next step, stage or discovery?
Making a work your own is what drives us, whether we’re employed by a corporate organization or slaving away at a desk in a living room in the Florida swamps.
To survive as creative people, we take risks. We stay up late. We teeter between worlds. Nearly every writer in this issue refers to the persistence you must have to be a writer.
Since this is September, the official back-to-school month, we’ve had classrooms on our minds here at The Writer.
I like to think of our magazine as being the same kind of “meeting at the depot” experience for our readers – except our topic is craft.
Break the rules and discover a new truth.
The writers in this issue are known for the power stories they write and the powerful ways they pull us toward their ideas. We travel with them to worlds beyond our own imaginations. And sometimes to worlds buried deep in the recesses of our imaginations.
As I waited for the lights to come up, it struck me – not for the first time – that stories are utterly ubiquitous in the world.