I’ve been allowing mind to wander just a little lately and imagine that the dream of publication could actually come true for me. But if it did, what then? The territory beyond querying is largely foreign to me, and the question that I’ve been asking myself is this: What kind of writer would I want to be? Here are some of the answers I’ve come up with and some of the agented and published authors who are my role models:
I want to write a book that has the kind of impact on readers that R.J. Palacio’s Wonder just had on me.
A writer like Elizabeth Wein, whose latest book is so compelling that readers find themselves unable to take even a short bathroom break. At least this reader did…
I want to be a writer like Jack Gantos, who supports teachers with guides and activites that go way beyond a list of discussion questions. (And, okay, as long as I’m dreaming, I’ll go ahead and win a Newbery and have a reputation as the funniest speaker ever, just like Gantos.)
I want to be a writer who does school visits that have kids on the edge of their seats like J&P Voelkel.
I want to be the kind of writer who nurtures and encourages other writers like Rick Walton.
Who works as hard and writes as beautifully as Ally Condie.
Honestly, I feel like this list could include so many more characteristics and so many more names. So tell me: