kt literary client Lili Wilkinson has a wonderful post up on her blog today about the story machine, where she takes on yet another New York Times article and responds with the wonderful variety of ways in which kids are involved in story-making, -telling, and -reading. She writes:
Every time you read a book, an article, a piece of fanfic, watch TV, go to the cinema, you are feeding your story machine. It’s like breathing in.
And when you write a story, or blog, or draw a picture, or tell someone a lurid anecdote about what your crazy aunt got you for your birthday, or make a video, or write a song… you are also feeding your story machine. You breathe out.
So I ask you: in what non-traditional ways are you feeding the machine? I’ve been thinking lately about my time working at the New York Renaissance Faire, where for hours at a time, two days a week for months, I put on a character and became her. I knew who she was, what she wanted to do, who she wanted to be with. Isn’t that story? I think so.
So how about you?