Writer’s Intuition

“We are writing survival manuals masquerading as entertainment.”

“A story is an epiphany acted upon, a world you can hold in your hands — one with a coherent shape to offset the chaos in the lives of your readers.”
Richard Peck

A true story: After spending all day at my desk, I decided to hop into New York for a workshop. It was sold out, but I always have good luck as a standby, so I decided to chance it and even snagged a front- row seat. The presenter? Richard Peck, a beloved children’s writer with a Newbery Award and many others to his credit. A prolific author of more than 40 books, he spoke about voice and first lines (“The first line needs to be a grenade with the pin already pulled.”), and about his writing process. Somewhere along the way, he mentioned that he came to New York City to teach at Hunter High School.

I nearly fell off my seat! Richard Peck was Mr. Peck, my high-school English teacher! He was also advisor to our newspaper What’s What when I was editor. I still remember having an editorial meeting at his beautiful apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

After the Q&A, I introduced myself and we chatted. He was as thunderstruck as I was to find me in his audience. He gave me his email and I definitely plan to contact him. What a gift it would be to have someone with all his experience give me some guidance!

All of which goes to show that listening to your intuition is always a good idea when it comes to your writing. This event was sold out and I could have easily passed it by and stayed at home. But something told me to go, so I did — and had the chance to learn from a seasoned pro who generously shared his experience and insights about writing, which I will definitely share with all of you in a future post. But for now, I’m just mind-boggled by the way the universe works. Mind-boggled — what a great word, isn’t it? Write on!


About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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