Saturday, August 8, 2009

Karen Cushman: In Dreams Begin Responsiblities 3

There are many ways to start. Karen always starts with a title. "Now the page isn't blank anymore. The story's begun."

"Give power to thoughts. That's what writing is. Giving power to thoughts." It's what her husband did when he told her to write down the story.

"Stories come from paying attention..."

Truth of all kinds is necessary in our stories.

"I think books ought to be hopeful."

From a child's letter: "I have never read one of your books, but now I'm considering trying to read one..."

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to write."

Standing ovation!

I have to say, Karen Cushman is wise, witty, and warm! What an inspiring keynote. So many wonderful words.


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