Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I'm typing this up ahead of time and wondering what kind of mess Hurricane Sandy is going to leave in its wake. Halloween isn't even on my mind at this point, but this is scheduled to post then so I'll do my best.

Halloween is a time when children's imaginations run wild. They can be anyone they want - at least for a few hours. And on top of that - and most important - they get candy.

But it's so important to spark a child's imagination at all times, not just with candy as the incentive. Because it is active imaginations that create stories.

And that's what we do, as authors. We create stories. We don't dress up and go door to door looking for candy (though, you know, there are some times when that is a tempting idea). But we create something and put it out there and hope that people like it.

So, what it comes down to, is that writers get to have their own version of Halloween every day of the year. Except with maybe not as much candy.

Happy Halloween everyone!
My kids from a few years back when they went Trick-or-Treating as Pippi Longstocking and Harry Potter. A perfect merge of Halloween and books!


  1. I never thought of writing that way, but you're right. Cute picture. I remember one Halloween, obviously years ago, when I went to a party dressed as Cinderella, one of my favorite characters. Thanks for the memory.

  2. Thanks! It was a good thing I set this up to post early because we didn't get power back until last night.

  3. Great way to think of Halloween and tie writing into it. Also, we authors tend to dress up as our characters in our mind in order to get the feel of our character while we are writing about them. Thanks for sharing with us and definitely cute picture of the kids. - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of Finally Home, a middle grade/YA paranormal mystery