The Circle of Inspiration

One of my very favorite things about being a writer is the idea that every so often, something I write inspires someone else to write. And when that someone writes something totally wonderful, it feels like some kind of virtual hug between our words–and by extension, us. People, including writer friends, have written Can Be… poems modeled after my Can Be… books, and I’m always honored. Here’s a literacy specialist, Kiesha Shepard, who wrote a beautiful poem inspired by A Rock Can Be… that’s something different and lovely. I had a week with one rejection, and several projects I hoped to hear about by the end of January have not moved forward. Reading posts like Kiesha’s… that turns the week into a win!

Oh, and one other fun thing: I got an email from a preschool teacher who was asking about the word “cloaker” in Water Can Be….  “We looked it up, gave ideas as it relates to water and the weather, yet wanted to ask the Author!”

Reading carefully. Thinking. Asking. Writing. Connecting. It’s great to be anywhere along the circle:>)


About Laura Purdie Salas

children's writer, poet, reader, visiting author, speaker/teacher, mentor, copyeditor, freelance writer
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