I think it’s designed for teachers to use with kids, but of course I find it fascinating.
Not only can you spy on different versions and stages of progress for this Newbery Honor book, but you can also read comments from the author regarding each draft.
For instance, who knew the third version would be closer to the final draft than the fourth? These are the kind of steps – forward and backward – that I feel like I make all the time in trying to revise my work. Could it not just be a serious brain flaw but a possible part of the process?
Some fantastic quotable quotes from the amazing and wonderful Kate DiCamillo:
“So much of writing is like walking down a dark hallway with your arms out in front of you. You bump into a lot of things. You pick things up and then put them down.”
“Progress is hard to measure in any creative endeavor, I think. It’s often a matter of instinct, of feeling your way through what works and what doesn’t. The only thing I’ve found that works is to keep on working and not expect that you will get it right the first time.”
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK