Sunday, July 17, 2011


Week of July 17: Creative Challenge #5—Childhood-in-a-Box
Quotes of the Week:
Innovation is the creation of the new and the re-arranging of the old in a new way.
—Michael Vance

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
—John Steinbeck

Do you remember our conversations last week about Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Patridge by Mem Fox? Remember how Wilfrid went from person to person trying to learn what a memory was? Then he assembled a collection of objects representing what he learned and presented them to Miss Nancy.  His purpose: To help Miss Nancy rediscover her memory.

This week, I’m sending you on a challenge to discover what childhood means to you. As you make your discoveries, you’re going to collect them, literally or figuratively. Then you’re going to have the opportunity to share your discoveries with others and, more importantly, with yourself. Your purpose: To help you get in touch with childhood and (since you’re a writer) to gain insight and ideas for your writing.

Who's up for a challenge?!

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