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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

'You Don't Have To Get It Right The First Time'

 “The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.” – Robert Cormier

Born in 1925, author, columnist and reporter Cormier was known for his brilliantly crafted, yet oftentimes deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works  continue to resonate with his mostly Young Adult audience over 20 years after his death.  I Am The Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War all won major awards, and  I Am The Cheese is considered one of the best Young Adult novels of the past 50 years.

Cormier began his professional writing career scripting radio commercials and went on to become an award-winning journalist. And even though he became widely known, writing 18 novels and countless short stories, he never stopped writing for his local Massachusetts newspaper, the Fitchburg Sentinel and for those youthful readers who made up the core of his fan base.

“I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind,” he once said.  “I don't think about how old they are or where they might live.  And all the stories I'll ever need are right here on Main Street.”  

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