Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pearls of Wisdom: Laurie Halse Anderson on Daring the Universe

I read through The Official SCBWI Conference Blog to soak up some of the gems from the attendees. One of my favorites was about the keynote address by Laurie Halse Anderson where she quotes T.S Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:

Do I dare disturb the universe? 

She talked about how she believes that art disturbs the universe and artists dare to create. She spoke of her own experience of writing and how it is important to just go out there and walk the path of creativity. She used a quote from Bruce Coville that also stuck out to me:                                  

When you get to the edge of a cliff, jump. If you don’t jump, you’ll never grow wings.

These two thoughts go together so very well. They both talk about how we can shake up our lives by taking risks and challenges that will help us grow as people. It isn't just about getting published, or becoming famous, or signing autographs. It is about finding ourselves and using our creativity to become who we are meant to be, and most of all, to have fun while doing it.


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