Managing to tell a story is very gratifying.
As a child, I loved fairy tales because the story, the what-comes-next, is paramount. As an adult, I'm fascinated by their logic and illogic.
Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture - I don't watch TV.
'EIla Enchanted' began in a marvelous writing course at New York City's The New School.
Get to know your kids' minds and how they think.
I didn't want to be a writer. First I wanted to act, and then I wanted to be a painter like my big sister.
I loved fairy tales as a kid, so that's where my mind gravitates.
I make mistakes on a very grand scale.
I was excited to make my own 'Neverland.'
I wrote as a kid, but I never wanted to be a writer, particularly. I had been drawing and painting for years and loved that.
Ideas sometimes come from nowhere, and sometimes they take lots of thinking.
If a big person invests time in reading, kids learn reading is important, the child is important, words are important, stories are important.
It feels presumptuous to think of writing for adults.
Most of the authors I liked were dead, so it didn't seem like a safe occupation.
My good ideas are shy. But if they see that I treat the stupid ideas with respect, they come forward.
Sometimes the kids come up with better endings than the real story.
Encourage children to write their own stories, and then don't rain on their parade. Don't say, 'That's not true.' Applaud flights of fantasy. Help with spelling and grammar, but stand up and cheer the use of imagination.
I found that I was much more interested in writing and that I didn't like the illustrating at all. I had always been the hardest on myself when I drew and painted. I am not hard on myself when I write. I like what I write, so it is a much happier process.
I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry.
I had to write something and couldn't think of a plot, so I decided to write a Cinderella story because it already had a plot! Then, when I thought about Cinderella's character, I realized that she was too much of a goody-two-shoes for me, and I would hate her before I finished ten pages.