4 lessons on writing (and life) from Maurice Sendak

The beloved author of children’s books (such as ‘Where The Wild Things Are’) died Tuesday. Let his life—and his life’s work—inspire you.

The beloved and award-winning writer and illustrator—author of “Where The Wild Things Are”—died Tuesday morning at age 83.

This evening, countless parents who grew up with Sendak’s words and illustrations will pay tribute to the artist by pulling “Wild Things” off the shelf to read to their children.

In the meantime, Sendak’s life and his life’s work offer important lessons and reminders for writers, designers, and social media professionals—in other words, content creators, a term he probably despised—whose blank page is the Web.

Break every rule you can.

Until Sendak starting creating children’s books, the vast majority followed a tight script: Well-groomed and well-behaved young people faced a challenge, which they rather easily conquered by the end of the story.

Not the case with Sendak’s characters and tales.

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