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Writing Tip: Spotlight (Dr. Seuss)

Earlier this week, we discussed the importance of managing one’s time. Of course, that is easier said than done. Even the great Dr. Seuss could admit to the difficulty of time.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as simply Dr. Seuss, sold over 600 million copies of his children’s books which were translated into more than 20 languages. Who hasn’t read “Cat in the Hat?” Who hasn’t seen “The Grinch who Stole Christmas?” Is it possible to escape an American childhood without ever hearing the name Dr. Seuss?
However, did you know that before he published his famous children stories, Dr. Seuss created over 400 political cartoons? In fact, many of his political opinions worked themselves into his children’s books. The “Butter Battle Book” published in 1984 is practically an anti-war novel that portrays the consequences of the arms race with both the Yooks and the Zooks (races in the book) poised to drop “nuclear bombs” on one another at the end of the story. What are they fighting over? How to butter their bread.
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The story deals with grown-up ideas simplified into children’s rhymes. Dr. Seuss was a mastermind in his own field.
What does this have to do with managing time? Not much, except to note once again that well-established authors also struggle with the same issues we do such as time.

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16 thoughts on “Writing Tip: Spotlight (Dr. Seuss)”

  1. Thank you for such a great article. I am also managing my time wisely and it really works..It is difficult to manage time but it can be done. By the way, Dr. Seuss is the boss in illustrations and children stories

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  2. Very interesting! I saw the coolest exhibit of Geisel’s art years ago in Cleveland–he was amazing. And guess what? As a fan and follower of your blog, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award.
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    I hope you will keep supporting the WordPress community by passing on the nominations. Thanks!

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  3. Thank you for the tip, KaylaAnn. I’ve been setting at least 2 hours at a time these past few weeks to write. I like it so far. It makes me feel a little disciplined compared to before. I even got to revising “Tribute” for a bit (although honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever stop revising it.) and even posted chapter 1. I haven’t gotten that much writing down in ages. 🙂

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  4. Read this this morning – this was fun to read! I remember when i was little we had that Butter Side Up on VHS! i watched it all the time!!!

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      1. it was an old VHS – i remembered it had 2 Dr. Seus stories on it.. let me see…or maybe it was another VHS i had as a kid? I watched Daisy Head Maisy too. yeah when i read your article i was like “whaaattt no way was I watching political inspired cartoons and not knowing.” lol

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