The firmament that connects readers and writers is older than the literate world; it goes all the way back to those stories that your relatives and family friends told when you were a child who saw writing as funny-looking chicken scratches on paper better suited for finger painting, when storytelling still had a voice and timbre, love and warning, a warm touch and lots of laughter.
Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. Children are…the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.
E. B. White
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
Storytelling is magic. It’s not the magic of sorcery — you’re not a Druid summoning swamp-elves from the murk. You’re a stage magician. Practiced in the art of illusion. One of your greatest skills is misdirection. You seed the truth of the magic trick early on in the story. Then you convince the reader that the truth isn’t the truth at all — until the time comes to reveal.
I decided very early that I wanted to write. But I didn’t think of it as a career. I didn’t even think of it as a profession… It was the most exciting thing, the most powerful thing, the most wonderful thing to do with my life.