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Monday, April 23, 2018

Exercising Your Imagination

“Being able to write creatively or read creative fiction is the best way to exercise your imagination. “ – Michael Pryor

Born on this date in 1957, Pryor is an Australian writer of more than 50 short stories and 30-plus novels for both adults and Young Adults, led by his critically acclaimed Laws of Magic series, several of which have been shortlisted for the prestigious Aurealis Award, given annually for best Young Adult novels.   Pryor also writes as part of a collaborative with several other authors on the wildly popular The Quentaris Chronicles, a shared universe of fantasy books set in a magical city called Quentaris. 

A native of Victoria who now makes his home in Melbourne, Pryor also wrote a very fine book on shared writing, The Art of Successful Collaboration, written (fittingly) in collaboration with Paul Collins.  A frequent speaker and writing coach, he said he very much enjoys shared writing and encouraging young writers.      
“I always look on imagination as one of the most powerful things we can cultivate in young people,” he said.  “If they have a good, active imagination, they can cope with life better; they are... able to imagine possibilities and to think around problems.“

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