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Let’s Play

  By Kellye Crocker Memorial Day has always struck me as a bit odd. It’s a national holiday honoring the US military men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Their sacrifice—and that of their families, friends and communities—is unfathomable. At the same time, it’s a three-day weekend (for many) that unofficially kicks off summer. Even as an adult, I feel giddy anticipation. Summer is the quintessential season to play. Recently, I’ve given serious thought to play, including how it can help me reach my writing goals. That may sound counterintuitive, but I’ve come to believe play is integral to the creative process—and not just for feral first drafts. For me, play means ditching my Inner Critic, stripping off the pantyhose of perfectionism, and, as literary agent Holly Root advises, keeping my eyes on my own test paper. (It doesn’t have to be about mixed metaphors, but it can be. Loosen up! Break some rules! No one is going to die if you add another exclamation point! Or another!) It’s about embracing your weird, as Alexander Lumans advised in an excellent talk at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop this spring. Because that weird stuff that pops into your head—say, the naughty fairy who flies into your Serious Literary Art—can breathe energy into your writing if you let it stay and play. Disclaimer 1: I’m not saying you should throw the rules away, write badly and then try to traditionally publish that dreck or put it out yourself. Unless, you know, it works for readers. On the other hand, maybe allowing yourself to write awfully badly (!!) might propel... read more

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Denise Vega

Denise Vega

Author, Teacher, Creative Cheerleader

Denise is an author of books for kids through teens.

Anna-Maria Crum

Anna-Maria Crum

Author, Illustrator, Author-illustrator, Book Designer

Anna-Maria is a rockin’, talented author, illustrator…Click here to learn more.

Laura Deal

Laura Deal

Author, poet, interpreter of dreams

Laura K. Deal has been writing poems and stories since childhood. She’s a founding member of the critique group Uff da Cum Laude, which formed in 1991 but didn’t receive a name until around 1996, when the group gamely read and critiqued her history dissertation.

Ceil Boyles

Ceil Boyles

Author, stupendous human being

Ceil Boyles worked for several years as a researcher in early child development and youth corrections.