Once upon a time I had the good fortune to learn my craft from the
inimitable award-winning author Richard Peck, a true Best Man if ever
there was one.
My stories, no matter the format, now organically end happily ever after.
I gladly pass along Mr. Peck’s keen eye-opening words so your
Beginnings and Endings do what they must:
“On your first page is the last, on your last page the first.”
Stuck on your ending as you finalize your revision? Revisit your
Unsure of your beginning? Reread your ending.
And, reread books, especially picture books, to see the truth of Richard
If you’re unfamiliar with Richard Peck, or even if you’re not, take a
moment to read this glorious tribute, then seek his published work.
His contributions to children’s literature are note-worthy.
SCBWI offers his brilliant Master Class on Writing the Novel for
And, for pure Show, Don’t Tell, read Matthew Winner’s post on First
Page/Last Page connections. The examples underscore Richard Peck’s
Thanks to Molly Hogan for hosting Poetry Friday today at
Molly’s August 7 post addressed gratitude.
I remain forever grateful to Richard Peck for all he taught me –
in person and through his books, about writing and Life.