Although it’s a sequel, Avi’s A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End is easy to pick up in the midst of a very good friendship between Avon, “a rather small snail” and Edward, an ant.
Avon has decided to write. Conversation full of puns and malapropisms ensue, which are very fun to read aloud in a classroom setting, and talk about word choice. Deciding what to write about, writer’s block and procrastination muddle up a perfectly good idea, however, writing advice abounds.
“Edward,” said Avon with a sigh, “maybe I shouldn’t be a writer or an author. I had no idea it would be so hard.”
“Be a reader then.”
“Is that easier?”
“Actually, it’s much harder.”
“I don’t understand,” said Avon.
“Avon, what’s writing? Scribbled letters on paper. It’s the reader who has to make sense of it.”
“I know writers used to be paid by how many words they wrote,” said Avon, “so I suppose the more they wrote, the more cents they made. Which to me makes very little sense.”
“Actually,” explained Edward, “it depends on what kind of writer you are. What kind were you intending to be?”
“A writer who attracts readers.”
“Then for heaven’s sake, don’t write writing. Write reading.”