I’ve just been reading Jane Yolen’s wonderful writing guide, “Take Joy”. It’s full of tiny stories and big ideas, including one about that very mysterious process: how an idea turns into a story.
A mother hen taps her egg with her beak–Saku. The chick inside taps back–Taku. And then comes the moment when they both tap at the very same time–No-ki. And wonder of wonders! The egg at last cracks open, and out comes new life.
So it is for a writer, when an emotion deep inside connects with something outside–heart and idea meet and, like a miracle every time, a story is born.
And by the way, if you haven’t read Yolen’s new book, “Elsie’s Bird”, you are in for a treat.