A few years ago, I happened to be reading in "my spot" in my college apartment--the end seat of the couch, nearest to the table lamp. I don't remember exactly what I was reading, but I know around that time it was likely to be something by Elizabeth Wein or Dorothy Sayers. I do know that I really wanted to be paying attention to my book, but one of my roommates had a guy friend over, who I think she kinda liked. While they talked, she admitted that one of the things she really wanted to do was write for children.
This guy didn't think that was cool or interesting. "Oh, thats easy," he said, and made a sort of scribbling motion, showing how effortless it would be to write a children's story.
I wrote a somewhat less coherent blog post about it at the time.
I still have a grudge against that guy. And I only met him once.
Well, maybe grudge is the wrong word. I'm just very frustrated by that attitude in general, and in my mind that guy is kind of a representation of anyone who thinks writing is easy.
Writing books is hard, people.
Especially books for kids.
Its basically a super power.
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