Saku-taku-no-ki

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.