Many writers get caught up on their book dedication. Just like the rest of our story, we want it to be perfect. However, let's be honest, perfection is quite boring and unattainable. I believe that the best alternative is humor and simplicity.
Last week in my creative writing class, I was told to memorize "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It is a beautiful poem, which highlights the elegance of all things imperfect. If you have not read it before, it is a poem that I strongly suggest.
On a different note, I have a particular reading tradition. Before beginning any novel, I always read the first and last word of the story. Most of the time, the two words make no sense when they are put together. However, I will occasionally encounter some brief and inspiring message. I encourage you to give it a try.
The Question of the Day: Do you have any reading traditions?
Erin Forbes is the young author of the Fire & Ice book series. She enjoys art, dance, horses, cats, and peppermint tea.
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