Saturday, May 13, 2006

Learning how to Dream

Open as you have before
Let the traveler through the door
From this opening begin
The only way out is in.

Welcome readers, writers and fellow travelers;
I've come to chat about writing, about stories, and think out loud about the mysterious creative energy we all share.

"Where do you get your ideas?"
That question comes up at every workshop and book signing. And, hey, it's a good one.
You'll likely get a different answer every day.One answer = most writers are unabashedly expert daydreamers. We "wander off" at various times and go into "another world."

Ask anyone who lives with a writer how often the rice is burned and how many people in the family are secretly wearing pink-tinted underwear because their stay-at-home writer was plotting a great novel while doing the wash.

Writing stories is a form of dreaming on paper -- so Dreamwalks seemed like a good blog name.

Dream Come True: After publishing 3 realistic fiction books with Atheneum Books for Young Readers, my first fantasy novel THE BEAST OF NOOR is coming out in July! (See a bit more about all my books on Two more fantasy books will come out after this one. That's a lot of writing and revising work "nose to the grindstone" time, or as I like to think of it, "eyes to the sky" time.

Off to work. Looking forward to reading your comments.


Judy Bodmer said...

Love your blog. I've read all of your books and think you're one of the best writers on the planet. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of your latest novel, The Beast of Noor. When will it be available?
Judy B

Judy Bodmer said...

If my first comment didn't come through--then this is a follow up. Great comments. I'll come back for more of your wisdom.

Anonymous said...


I didn't see your Mark Twain fiasco story -- do tell! K.