Ever ate a masterpiece?


Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of the popular childrens book Where the Wild Things Are once told a heartwarming and at the same time quite disturbing story of a big fan of his:

Terry Gross:

"Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you’ve gotten over the years?"

Maurice Sendak:

"A little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said: ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

Sendak at the time had reached the peak of his populatity. One might assume that the drawing was worth a lot then and would be a treasured piece today. Having it framed on the wall might habe been nice.

Still somehow I am sure that the boy got the absolute maximum out of the gift

Were you ever as happy and excited as that kid?

6 important Tips on writing – especially when you are stuck

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Writing is practice and practice makes you a better writer.
  2. Don’t read your own product. Well at least don’t read it right after you wrote a few sentences. Wait until the paragraph is ready or the thought you wanted to lay out.
  3. Write everyday. Write as much as you can. Treat it like your job. Make a habit out of it. You can even write half assed - but do it! Revisit your work later and edit.
  4. If stuck wait. Do something else (alone!) and wait until the words come back to you. Don’t let people distract you but give your mind a break from time to time.
  5. Build a structure. Think of the things that have to happen and the circumstances and stay true to your milestones. Set goals you can reach fast and reward yourself after you have reached them. Don’t change the structure midway.
  6. Don’t wait for the right conditions to write. If you don’t have a habbit do it when you have time no matter how loud or stinky the place may be where you at.

Take this advice daily in a controlled dosage. But you actually can’t over do it.