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Monday, April 10, 2023

'Stories evolve, so just write'


“I love to write. I used to be a math teacher. And I like the idea that other people could write about the same subjects, but no one would write it just the way I do. It's very individual.” – David A. Adler

Born on this date in 1947, Adler is an American writer of more than 250 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, and the "Picture Book of . . ." series. 

Adler came up with a terrific kids’ protagonist in the form of fifth-grader Jennifer "Cam" Jansen, nicknamed Cam for her photographic memory.    At various points in a “Cam” story, she closes her eyes and says "click,” mimicking the noise of a camera while memorizing a scene in front of her.  She later recalls these scenes to aid in solving a mystery.   
Cam is based on an elementary school classmate of Adler's.   

A native New Yorker, Adler was teaching math there when his writing career evolved after a nephew had a question about a topic and couldn't find anything that had been published.  Adler decided to write something himself, and the rest, as the saying goes . . .

“In my office I have a sign that says, 'Don't think. Just write!' and that's how I work,” Adler says in offering writing advice.   “I try not to worry about each word, or even each sentence or paragraph. For me, stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times.”

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