Friday, November 27, 2009
X IS FOR X FACTOR
Continuing with the Author ABCs...
Okay, X is a tough letter to deal with. I considered "Xanadu," because it's such a cool word AND the best books invite us into a magical, unique, extra-special world... but then I decided it's not just about the world. It's about the characters within the world.
Which means, ultimately, it's about the magical, unique, extra-special undefineable something that exists within the AUTHOR.
And here's the thing: we've ALL got the X factor. Every single one of us. It just takes a little digging sometimes, a little re-frame, some dust and polish.
For instance, Hester Bass, author of THE SECRET WORLD OF WALTER ANDERSON composes original songs and sings at her school visits. Thomas Lakeman, author THE SHADOWCATCHERS (and others) uses theater techniques and will even dance (badly) to get a point across.
And while I can't do those particular things, that doesn't mean I don't have my own special thing to offer. And you do too.
Today, take some time to think about your own X Factor. Then tell me, because I want hear all about your magical, unique, extra-special undefineable selves. :)