Kirby Larson: Wild Horses Dragged Me In...
Newbery Honor winner Kirby Larson delightfully recounted her journey as a writer in her Monday morning speech. Kirby had published a couple of picture books, but "after The Magic Kerchief, I didn't sell anything for five years," she said. She talked about the idea spark for Hattie igniting as her grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's, mentioned that Kirby's great-grandmother was a homesteader. Read the whole story on Kirby's website.
Here are a few things she said she considers as she reads a manuscript:
- Did I connect with the story?
- Where is the story problem introduced?
- How is the story problem resolved? Who resolves it?
- Are there at least two plot lines?