What ‘Should’ I Write?
by julie swanson
I’ve come to hate the word ‘should’ but Mary Amato wrote a great blog post today titled What Should I Write?, which I wholeheartedly agree with (yes, it ‘should’ be “with which I wholeheartedly agree,” but this is my blog and I can write it the way that sounds good to me here), …and she says it so much more concisely than I ever could, so I wanted to link over to it here. Check it out: (http://www.maryamato.com/what-should-i-write)
Mary is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. I met her at this year’s annual Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Fall Conference (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), when I was lucky enough to have been paired with her for a one-on-one critique. She read sample pages of my manuscript and gave honest but encouraging feedback that was much appreciated. I was really impressed with her as a person, with her advice and the way she delivered it. Then she spoke to the conference as a whole and I was even more impressed with her, and in more ways, as a speaker and writer as well. I’m about to read one of her books, and I suspect I’ll be impressed with it, too: