I love to do crossword puzzles. I love the way the words fit together to complete the pattern of the puzzle grid. I love figuring out the puns and wordplay that lead to the correct answers. I love learning new words and making connections that I hadn't thought of before. In many ways, writing a book is similar to the process of solving a crossword puzzle. Several years ago I wrote a short article about this for the SCBWI-LA chapter for their newsletter, Kite Tales. When I mentioned this to my friend Susan Bono, editor of Tiny Lights, a journal of personal narrative, she asked if she could share this in the section of the magazine called Guiding Lights. It has been posted this week If you like to do crossword puzzles, or even if you don't, you can find out about my book writing process by reading the article.
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