Peter Pan had it right

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
~J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Currently, I’m bogged down on deadline, research and stressing as I always do during this part of the book, and my insecurities are weighing me down heavier than a ship’s anchor being raised to leave port.

That’s why I’m excited about Tuesday. On Tuesday I escape my adult world to talk to 28 elementary school students whose chief concern encompasses creation and story. I know this because I’ve spoken to this age group about writing for the past three years. It’s such an honor to be asked, and, truly, I  think about what we’ll talk about weeks in advance. As much as they believe I’m doing a favor for them, they’re actually saving, e.g. inspiring me.

I love looking into their eager faces unmarked by what comes after a book’s completion — the marketing, writing another book and the assembly line life we often get ourselves into when we enter the world of publishing.

On Tuesday, we’ll talk about fun stuff: story ideas, getting thoughts on the page and the amazement of … I wrote that?

Something magical happens during the time I spend with them. I take off my business hat, my cynical hat, and a pixie not unlike Tinkerbell sprinkles me with fairy dust and whisks me back to the world when there was once nothing more important to me than pretend.

Is it possible when Sir James Barrie wrote Peter Pan he was actually speaking to me?

I love being a writer. But I do miss the days when my most serious thoughts surrounded, “What if?”

Do you?

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”
~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan