“It’s Always Daunting to Start an Adventure With No Clothes”

Indeed. And so began a lively discussion from the participants at the Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference last week with Dr. Kevin Shortsleeve, an English professor and children’s author at CNU. 

His prompt was to use a haunting, unforgettable image as the impetus for a story. Maybe it was a picture or a dream you had as a child and always remembered.

Dr. Shortsleeve said that the inspiration for C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Chronicles of Narnia, came from Lewis’ vision of a single lampost in the snow.

The participant who offered the provocative title of this post had the idea of the shower as an impromptu time machine. 

Do you have a mysterious or inspiring image from your childhood that would make great story. Or how about a series?


About Sandy Green

I am a poet and children's author. Visit my website at sandradgreen.webs.com
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