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Friday, March 3, 2017

The 'inspiration' of good writing


“My inspiration for writing is all the wonderful books that I read as a child and that I still read. I think that for those of us who write, when we find a wonderful book written by someone else, we don't really get jealous, we get inspired, and that's kind of the mark of what a good writer is.” Patricia MacLachlan

Born on this date in 1938, MacLachlan is the American children's writer best known for her 1986 Newbery Medal-winning novel (and series of books) Sarah, Plain and Tall, also adapted into a wonderful “Hallmark Hall of Fame” television movie.

A board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, the nonprofit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries, MacLachlan is a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., and said growing up “on the prairie,” shaped both who she was and how she learned to portray things.

While her “Sarah” series has gotten most of the acclaim, I highly commend any of her 20 books, and especially her 2015 novel, The Truth of Me.  It’s a celebration how our unique "small truths" make each of us magical and brave in our own ways, and a wonderful example of this thoughtful writer’s poetic and poignant style that has won her legions of followers.
I have great editors,                   and I always have,” she modestly says of her successes.   “Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It's a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.”


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