Writing absolutely requires hard work. Persistence. BIC. Being at the desk.
But… I’ve heard that scientists studying brain waves found that the brain waves of children playing were the exact same brain waves shown in writers in the heat of writing. In that hot moment of creating, writing can feel like play.
And it seems to me that writers for children have way more fun than other writers.
For example, check out the Exquisite Corpse Adventure.
What it is:
An Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.
Our “Exquisite Corpse Adventure” works this way: Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has written the first episode, which is “pieced together out of so many parts that it is not possible to describe them all here, so go ahead and just start reading!” He has passed it on to a cast of celebrated writers and illustrators, who must eventually bring the story to an end.
Every two weeks, there will be a new episode and a new illustration. The story will conclude a year from now.
It’s well on its way, but you can catch up and see what these All-star authors come up with:
M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Megan McDonald, Gregory Maguire, Patricia & Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, Chris VanDusen.
Looks like play to me.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK