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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nothing So Constant As Change

I've been fortunate to have written in more than one genre...children's books in both verse and traditional prose...poetry for adults and children...young children's stories for on-line magazines...

Lately, I've been leaning more and more toward writing poetry. But what's most interesting to me is that writing poetry is not exclusive of writing stories for children. For I fully believe that the language used in stories for children can and should be poetic. The use of language that most stirs a reader's imagination and reaction to a story is, by nature, poetic. Consider Gary Paulsen's "Dogsong". Or any book by Karen Hesse.

Bottom line is, don't be afraid of changing. Change usually means growth of some kind. Changing a story's plot, changing a character's point of all means growth. At the very least it means experimentation, and without experimentation we stagnate. It may be a little uncomfortable at times, but, as my mom used to say, "Change is good."