I get a lot of pleasure from both reading and writing. (Of course I do or I wouldn’t be a writer, right?) I especially enjoy reading about writing.
All of the children’s writers that I know—myself included—from time to time wonder why in the world we decided to write seriously for children. We get discouraged and irritated because the industry moves at glacial speed. We also get frustrated at our own snail’s pace of learning, of writing, of re-writing. I own a few books that are ongoing sources of encouragement for me. When I’m really ready to just resign I thumb through these books.
They help me to remember the reasons I chose to write for children in the first place. And they help me re-commit to those reasons.
I hope they’ll become part of YOUR inspirational library, too.
I realize that all but one are OLD books. So, I’m on a safari for much newer titles to take their places. Will you help me?
By Jane Yolen
Take Joy: a Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft, Writer’s Digest Books, 2006
By Katherine Paterson
Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children, E. P. Dutton, 1986
The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children, E. P. Dutton, 1989
A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children, Plume, Penguin Group, 1989.
By Michael Card
Scribbling in the Sand, InterVarsity Press, 2002.
And my newest encouraging book is by Jordan Rosenfeld
A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writer’s Digest Books, 2015.