Readers frequently ask novelists about the writing process. These questions come in many flavors, but here’s a common one: When you’re stuck, which authors inspire you to get going, to break free? At a recent writer’s conference, the panelists ahead of me pointed to Shakespeare, Flannery O’Connor, and John Gregory Dunne. When my turn came, I said: “Crockett Johnson, particularly Harold and the Purple Crayon Board Book.”
That drew some laughs. But I was serious.
--Excerpted from novelist Len Rosen writing inspiration and Harold's Purple Crayon
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