If I was a superhero, I’d want to have the power of super-speed. That way, I could make dinner, play with Mister, and write the next bestseller all at once.
If I was a superwriter, I’d combine the powers of several greats. I’d want Shel Silverstein’s way with words, William Faulkner’s ability to describe, Sandra Boynton’s humor, Will Hillenbrand’s ability to let the pictures tell part of the story, Gail Carson Levine’s enthusiasm for revising, Peter H. Reynold’s way of incorporating inspiring lessons wwithout being pushy, and Doreen Cronin’s ability to keep producing new, great stuff.
And I might just be that writer. Not that I’m a superwriter, but I think every time I read something, a little piece of it becomes a part of me. Reading all of these greats has shaped me and helped me find my own writing voice.
If that is true, Ellen, there is no reason you can’t be the next MaryTom RoachRobbins, but in your own voice.
So, I’ll keep reading, writing, and discovering as me. I hope you do the same, as you.