Get thy tools ready,
God will find the work.
|Young Girl Writing A Letter by Jonathan Janson|
She has this little obsession about the Library of Alexandria. She's ordered a few books on it from the library and had me print out the Wikipedia article on it so she could scribble her notes all over it. Now she's asking if "Octavius" or "Andrew" might be names of children who lived during that time. LizzieBee (dd10) wants to write a book someday, but she's not in a hurry. I think it's this living, this freedom, this lack of urgency that helps nurture the slow process. Her tools are ready.
I like books about writing. I've read a quite a few and just knowing that there are many, many more out there makes me happy. Today I'm going to talk about two favorites, one new (for me) and one old (for my daughter).
Rumors of Water - thoughts on creativity and writing is l.l. barkat's latest offering. I knew I would like it as I enjoyed her spiritual memoir, Stone Crossings. The chapters are short and sweet, each taking a personal experience and segueing into a single point about writing. The fact that these stories revolve around her daughters and their lives, which includes homeschooling, makes it all the more interesting to me. Lots of real life and natural advice for the writer in everyone, whether they want to write a book or a blog post.
The next book I want to recommend is one I recently gave to my LizzieBee. Someday You'll Write by Elizabeth Yates is such a gem for aspiring young writers. (Note the typewriter on the cover of this 1962 book.) Just practical tips about how a writer might write a book - namely by paying attention and observing all of life, all the time. My children's days are already full of writing: written narrations, journal entries, lists, labels, scraps of story beginnings, etc. This book lets the student see how one wonderful author begins the process of writing a book. Her advice is perfectly compatible to our way of educating and living. I'll finish with these words of advice from Yates:
Your experience is your own-ness; it is also your one-ness with the rest of mankind. Words are the bridge for the writer. With them one heart reaches to another, one mind is quickened by another, across the span of the centuries or the miles or the little lonelinesses of life.
|Young Girl Writing an Email by Jonathan Janson|