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Inspirations for Writing.

Posted on: September 3, 2009

PegFinley_pic” The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”   by Helen Keller.


Have you ever been so ambivalent about a situation that you almost feel paralyzed? You can’t do anything. What happens when that ambivalence spills over into your writing and you lose your vision about where your career needs to go? For a writer, it stinks.

Being ambivalent around kids is not exactly a recipe for success either, just ask any parent. In fact, it can make  for a heap of trouble coming your way.  Kids pick up on your feelings even if you try not to let them know what is happening. They push the limits. They take advantage of you not knowing what you want. On one hand, you want to be a good parent.

On the other hand, you want to write the most amazing picture book ever. You imagine the children’s faces, smiling. Their bodies leaned forward, captivated by your book. Eyes sparkling. However, you aren’ t motivated enough to put pencil to paper. The words don’t flow because your heart is not into it. Writing isn’t fun, it’s work.  Books don’t write themselves. Writers do. You have to force yourself to write.

Most writer want to write because they have a vision to fulfill. Deep inisde of them, there is a feeling that if they don’t write they won’t be alive. So, they muddle thorough until that moment when they find some quote, some person or some cause that inspires them.

Thanks to Helen Keller, this writer is inspired to write.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

Favorite Quotes.

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