arc of The Story Itself.
told him how thought-provoking it had been for me. I then wrote about
the different narrative arcs in my works-in-progress. And it led me to take Jesse’s idea
further. I divided #3 into two narrative arcs – the writer’s personal life and
the world outside the writer – the social and political events of the
from one part of our life can inform and help us figure out challenges in another. Around that time, my husband and I had just finished building a house. I began to think about how much building
a house and writing a book had in common – euphoria at the beginning, depths
of despair when things are going badly, a shy sharing of work/a house when you go public. Then finally an acceptance, a joy that yes, it’s not perfect, you could have done things even better, but a worthy effort that gets better with time and has a
life of its own.
solution or the influence in your book project – of political events, personal
issues, the writing life … If you are at the January residency, I will guide you in
this process. If not, try it now. Don’t we need all the insights we can get to bring out our
deepest work? Send me your experiences, if you uncover what you needed to complete a project or get to the next level. I have meaning to write a longer piece on this idea for a long time.
to an illustrator, they will have their own narrative arcs. I was delighted to
find this article on the illustrator of my upcoming book and
note in the photo of Bryan Collier’s work space, sketches from our book up on the wall. How cool is
Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, including Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock; Daughters of the Desert: Remarkable Women of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions; Marching With Aunt Susan:Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage; and her latest, My Country Tis of Thee: Song of Patriotism, Song of Protest.
Claire's 17th book, Martin and Bobby: A Journey to Justice will be published in September of 2018 during the fiftieth year commemoration of King and Robert Kennedy's tragic deaths in 1968. Recent events have renewed her passion for political activism and preparing her presentation on theme helped her deepen her theme in this upcoming book and other current projects.