Interestingly enough, the Wizard of Oz was not one of those movies I saw as a child. Growing up in England, I saw very few American moves, or films as we English folk named them. I didn't see the Wizard of Oz until I saw it on TV as an adult with my own children. I probably didn't see the whole thing from start to finish even then. Busy mother's don't, usually.
This blog is not about the movie as such. It is about what the book has become for writers. For many novelists it has become the essence of learning the writing craft. Workshop leaders routinely cite the Wizard of Oz as they guide new writers on the path of story. One of the first books a teacher introduced to me as a writer learning my craft was Deb Dixon's book on Goal, Motivation and Conflict. She uses the Wizard of Oz to demonstrate key elements of what a writer needs to learn to write a good story. It is a bible for many new writers as well as those further along in their careers.
Once I learned the importance of this movie to writers, why I trotted down the yellow brick road with the best of them. I analyzed and picked apart and wallowed in the bliss of absorbing and understanding what I needed to know as a writer.
I just had to find the wizard at the end of the rainbow and all would be well. That and some hard work and perseverance.
Thank you L. Frank Baum - from you I learned much.
Michele Ann Young,
Also writing as Ann Lethbridge
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