Posted by: C. Margery Kempe | July 22, 2012

The Magic Pencil

by C. Margery Kempe

Here’s my new cover for Swan Prince. Isn’t it pretty? Another fairytale, as if you couldn’t tell, eh? More about it soon — it comes out in August.

Recently I was a guest over at Women Writers, Women Books where I wrote about inspiration and finding your voice as a writer:

Casting the Writer’s Spell

In my creative writing courses, I wave my magic pencil over my students and declare them to be writers—at least for the duration of the semester. After that, I say, it’s up to them to take over the spell. They generally giggle and roll their eyes (they’re college students after all), but I think it gives many of them license to believe it. The magic pencil has surprising power.

What does it take to call yourself a writer? As a child, I wrote stories and transformed them into books, because I knew that’s where stories belonged. I wrote for my friends, and I wrote a novel in high school as well. I knew writing was what I was always meant to do, but early on I somehow got the message that it was “no way to make a living,” and therefore, not a career option.

In too many cultures now, the arts are treated as disposable luxuries, instead of the essential activities that they are. I grew up in a place where the schools were producing better autoworkers for tomorrow; there was not a great deal of interest in cultivating the arts, unless you could somehow turn them into filthy lucre. Generally we were taught to dream small and feel satisfied if we reached those mundane heights: a secure job, a nice suburban house, and a happy marriage…

Read the rest at their site and leave comments if you like.

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  1. Isn’t it sad to think of all the creative minds that may have been silenced by that line of teaching. What a shame. Creative thinking is important, be it in science or the arts … I believe each of us are born with a seed of greatness within us. Our maker put it there and it’s our job to discover what it is and to nurture that seed so it will blossom into the greatness we were intended to have. Brava to you, Margery for spreading the idea of seeds of greatness to your students. (Giving you a standing O). On another note, I LOVE that cover. Looking forward to reading the book.
    P.S. where can I get one of those magic wands … er … pencils you have?

    • I have waved my magic pencil over your way, so the next pen or pencil you pick up has been imbued with its power. :-)

  2. Congrats! I love your cover, you’ll have to give us all an update when this releases. I also am a huge fan of Swan Lake so I’m interested to see if this is related in any way.

    • Thanks, Toni! It’s more The Wild Swans than Swan Lake, but I bet you’d like it. Fun stuff to write!

  3. Great cover and good luck with your book!

    • Thanks, Marian!


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