Monday, May 11, 2015

If Everybody Did




If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover is a delightful children's book that ponders what happens if everyone did things like leave muddy footprints in the house or toys on the stairs. The results are humorously illustrated in this little treasure, carrying, of course, the bigger message that our actions affect those around us.

The content always makes me think. (My grandson and I read it recently.) The writer's mind is rarely still, right? :)

What if writers never:

Wrote anything?

Assisted a fellow scribe?

Took time to learn something new? 

Pressed through writer's block, doubt, and insecurities?  

Would the world be a different place?

Entirely so, I'm thinking.

What aspect of the writing life are you most grateful for? Which ones could you live without? Have you ever thought about how your actions as a writer affect others?

Happy writing,

Karen

19 comments :

  1. Congrats to Ann on her new book. It sounds fun, though I would not want my kid to do those kind of things daily. And yes, I think the world would be different if people did what you suggested it.

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  2. If we didn't, there would be nothing to read.

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  3. It's hard to separate out the parts of this business. Everything is so connected, but if I could, I'd take out the part about being almost done and deciding what I've written is a piece of junk. That always happens just before I launch into edits.

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  4. Natalie,
    It is such a fun book. My kids read it, now my grandson enjoys it! :)

    Alex,
    This is so true! :) Life would be rather dull, wouldn't it?

    Lee,
    I hear you - not cray about when that happens too. The ups and downs make it interesting, right? :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  5. I know a child I'm going to buy that book for when she gets just a bit older. The writing life suits me to a T except it probably gives me an excuse to isolate myself a bit more than I should.

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  6. I love the concept of this book. As for the thing I like about the writing life is the networking with other writers.
    The one issue I don't care for is finding a place for my writing in periodicals.

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  7. Sounds like a great book! Even for adults probably.
    The one thing I don't like is dead lines... but the good thing is that they push me :)

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  8. Sounds like a book I'd like to read to my grandkids, too :-) I'm actually grateful for the challenge of writing--and the surprises that come when I stick with it. The thing I don't like is that there aren't enough hours in the day to try my hand at all the ideas that vie for my attention! Great questions, Karen...

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  9. I like that I can write about anything such as 'the amoeba wars'. :) It's all the stress, fear, and insecurity that follows me around I could do without!

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  10. We writers have our place in this world.

    Great book. Children, even adults, do need to learn the affect they have on others.

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  11. This sounds like a great book, and I love the cover illustration.The aspect of my writing life that I'm most grateful for is the friendships I've made with other writers and readers. My least favorite is the sheer number of hours required every day to complete all of the tasks I have to perform to keep to my schedule and deadlines. I love my work, but I need a day off!

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  12. I am most happy that other writers have helped me in my walk, I don't know how I would have gotten anything published if there wasn't such a nice community of writers.

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  13. What a great idea for a children's book! My least favorite part of writing is when I reach the middle of my book. By that time, I want to be finished. (Can you tell this is where I am right now?) My favorite part - when I get to hold the first copies in my hands.

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  14. Jean,
    It's such a fun book! I hope you get to read it. :) I know what you mean I have a tendency to isolate myself sometimes too.

    Kenda,
    I think that you and your grandkids would enjoy it! If you get it, let me know what you think. :) I hear you - so many ideas floating around, so little time...lol

    Holly,
    Yes, there is a lot of freedom, isn't there? I like that too. Now to conquers those challenges, right? :)

    Medeia,
    And I am thinking that things would be pretty boring without writers! I agree, we can get too self involved and not think of others even as adults. :)

    Lisa,
    It is a really fun book! I like the cover too. If there was only a way to balance the whole deal of writing, right? So much time is spent and if we had a dime for every minute...well, we just might be a little richer than we already are. lol :)

    Terri,
    It nearly astounds me at the kindness and helpfulness I've found among the writing community. What a blessing! :) So glad you are a part of it.

    Susan,
    I know, I almost wish I'd thought of it! lol Yes, I don't like the middle either so much sometimes, it can drag some till you get to the end. Or it seems so, anyway. :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  15. Cecelia,
    It's a great book, and I think us adults need to read it more too. :) I agree with you; it's a wonderful community of friendly writers. It's a blessing! :)

    Marja,
    Yes, it would suit us adults too, I'm thinking. :) I don't care for deadlines either. But they do help us get things done, don't they? :) Matter of fact, I don't think I would often get much done. lol

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  16. Good idea for a book, and good questions you ask, Karen! The world would definitely be a different place. I'm thankful for writers who persevere and produce books that make a difference to others in many different ways.

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  17. Hahahaha, love Alex's comment. :-) YIKES. If no one wrote a word it would be a sorry world indeed. BTW, I LOVE that book. LOVE it! I'm grateful for critters who tell me like it is! :-) And for my amigo. SWAK!

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  18. Hahahaha, love Alex's comment. :-) YIKES. If no one wrote a word it would be a sorry world indeed. BTW, I LOVE that book. LOVE it! I'm grateful for critters who tell me like it is! :-) And for my amigo. SWAK!

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  19. Connie,
    I hope you get to check out this book sometime. It's so much fun. :) I too, am thankful for that!

    Robyn,
    It would be a sad world, wouldn't it? Thankful for you too! xo

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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