Sunday, January 09, 2011

Erdrich on writing for children

Louise Erdrich on the difference between writing novels for adults and novels for children:

Writing for children now, I pare back description, stick to action, humor, trouble, triumph. Of course there also has to be death, but not too much. I have to watch that. I can't become Cormac McCarthy for the middle reader.

From an interview in the Paris Review (issue 195, Winter 2010).

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