Books, Toys, and Writing

Welcome back to where we talk books, toys, and writing!

The correlation between books and writing is obvious, but what about toys? Why include toys with a blog about books and writing?


A good question perhaps, but here’s another question:

What happens when you play with toys?

As a kid, the first stories I ever made up were from playing with toys. I made up dialogue between characters, gave them a problem to overcome, and while playing with siblings I tried extra hard to put comedy into our toy adventures because we loved to crack each other up.

We played with stuffed animals, Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures, Gobots and Transformers, Strawberry Shortcake figures, Smurfs, Playmobile, Fisher Price, and more. And all the while, without realizing it, I was taking the first steps of learning how to create my own stories. I was learning how to make up jokes.

To be a good writer, you need to read a lot. This is something I hear all the time in writing classes and conferences. And it’s true.

But for me, playing with toys and reading books are equally important to my development as a writer.

Books are where I see how the pros do it. I read for enjoyment, but I also read to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of story structure, character development, etc.

But playing with toys is where I get to go crazy and generate new ideas for my own stories and jokes.

And when I sit at the computer to work on a new story, having read a lot of books, and having played with a lot of toys serves me equally well.

So, maybe books and toys have a stronger correlation than some might think.

Maybe books and toys just belong together.

At least for me they do.




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