Friday, August 31, 2012
Where To Find Magic
I've been sharing with my daughter the story of The Wizard of Oz. The more I talk to her about it, the more I remember how much I was in love with this story as a child. I thing writers like Frank L. Baum played a big impact on me as a writer today.
I feel that if Baum would have written a mission statement it would be like this: I want to write a children’s novel that tells them that there are in fact worlds that dreams come true and magic lives. I want to show them that there are ways in which a child can find these magical kingdoms and all they need to do is look for a way in. However, I also want them to know that these worlds of magic and mystery are not a pot of pleasure and games, that there are dangers hidden even in the most wonderful of places. I want them to understand that sadness and misery are not exempt from these worlds of magic, but only magnified. I want children to learn that home is the place to find adventures and the magic of love and friendship is greater than any land of wizards and munchkins. I want them to know that any magic is found from within.
I want to adopt this as my mission statement. I never fail to remind my daughter everyday that MAGIC IS REAL and that its found within. I hope that every child learns that and has someone there to remind them. And that's my key on where to find magic.