Day 3 of 500 Words – Following the Giants

Good day. It is day three of 500 words a day for a week and I am pleased to say that I am still writing and it is coming easier. I was not sure how long it might take to get into the story I am writing but as I have little research to do I can write fairly quickly now that my fingers are accustom to fiction again. I am not saying it is good, but it is there and that simple fact is refreshing.

I realized as I was finishing my 500 words last night that I have not read a lot of children’s stories lately. I’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia a while back (they are mountains better than the horrible Disney adaptations please read them!) but I wanted to delve deeper into the classic literature my target audience reads.

I decided to start with The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Here’s what C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton have to say (through Wikipedia) about this esteemed man:

It was C.S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his “master”: “Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later,” said Lewis, “I knew that I had crossed a great frontier.” G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had “made a difference to my whole existence.”

If it can mean that much to the giants of Lewis and Chesterton, then, perhaps, it may serve me well to glean what I can. 

If you’ve taken up the writing challenge, good luck to you.



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