How to Raise a Writer

58251_7227There are just too many lovely things about this little story from Invisible Bridge author Julie Orringer in an interview with Oprah.com:

When I was 2 or 3 years old, my dad, who was a medical resident at the time and hardly had a minute to himself, sat me on his knee and asked me to tell him a story. He recorded what I said in a tiny book he made from cut-up index cards. We illustrated it together. This became a habit. I still have about 10 of the books we made before I was 5. Titles include The Very Tiny OwlThe New Baby and The Bowling Party. Thanks to my dad, my earliest conception of books included the notion that you could write them, not just read them.

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