Monday, April 7, 2014
Growing an Evergreen
Random Notes from a recent workshop with JOYCE SWEENEY.
(Some paraphrasing going on here.)
An "evergreen" book is one that stands the test of time.
It doesn't have to be a best seller, an overnight commercial success, a hot book.
"You must entertain children for a very long time."
Have a moment (or more!) in the book where the character can be special.
These touches should be positive, places the character is at her best, true to himself.
My editor calls these AHA! moments.
The things kids write to you and say "That was my favorite part."
The things they go back and reread.
True, sacred, transcendent, luminous moments.
(Ah, if it were all so easy, right?)