Authors have large vocabularies. Robust and expansive vocabularies that enable them to find the right word for any situation—be it a business lunch or paragraph two on page 157. So, when a first grader can beat me at Scrabble, I have to ask myself what business I have being a writer.
American writer and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner said, “A writer needs three things, experience, observation and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of others. Thank you, William. I needed that.
It’s the simple act of writing that makes me a writer.
When my second daughter wrote her first story, she used her six-year-old vocabulary to capture the essence of envy. The drama unfolded like this: There once was a hat. It was a beautiful hat. Someone owned it. But someone wanted it. The end.
Reflecting the human condition with so few words is a gift. Or perhaps she played dress-up at school that day and someone took her hat. Either way, I will work hard to find the words that will move people the way my daughter’s story moved me.