Monday, December 22, 2008

Children's Author Unable to Create New Stories Since Stroke

Canadian author Robert Munsch is experiencing a trying time since his stroke of fourth months ago, but he says that it is teaching him "to be very patient." It's not all lost time for Mr. Munsch while he waits to recover his writing skills because he is spending his time editing some 51 book drafts that he worked up before his stroke.

Per the Canadian Press:
Robert Munsch, the children's author whose fertile imagination has produced beloved books including "Love You Forever" and "The Paper Bag Princess," says he's been unable to create new stories since suffering a stroke four months ago.

"I try to do poetry and make up stories and it doesn't work, and (the doctors) told me that I should probably wait for a year for that to come back," he said in a recent interview from his home in Guelph, Ont.
Munsch was able to recover enough to go through with a brief Ontario book tour in the fall. And, he's scheduled to do a reading as part of the 11th annual Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27.

Once he's fulfilled that obligation, however, he plans to retreat from the spotlight.

"I just scrubbed everything," said Munsch, who has been involved in Family Literacy Day, organized by ABC Canada Literacy Foundation, for six years.

While on hiatus, he plans to edit the whopping 51 book drafts he had on the go before his stroke.

"I'm just reworking the stuff that I have. I'm not doing new stuff," said Munsch, who has already written more than 50 books, the first of which was "Mud Puddle."
As scary as this had to be for Munsch, I'm betting that he will make a full recovery and that he has many new stories yet to tell. He has a great attitude about everything and realizes just how lucky he was. Good luck to him.
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