“There is never a good time to write a book and if you are waiting around for the right time, don’t! Just start.” – Evan DeCarlo
Even as a three-year old at Wightwood School, Evan DeCarlo’s curiosity and creativity was vibrantly evident. As he came into the middle school, he was already a writer, in a big way.
Evan recently published his first novel, Children of the Noah, The Barren Earth. CELCers just finished reading Children of the Noah as part of Literature Circle class. Today, Evan visited CELC and spoke with students about his life experience and writing. He shared how much writing means to him. Stories. Writer’s love stories, and Evan brought that love with him as he inspired students to consider the importance of the stories in their lives.
Students listened and asked a lot of questions. Laughter and sharing; learning is like that, when students find joy in such real-life authentic experiences. Evan described his process in writing this novel, from the idea stage to the day-to-day tasks. Once he had reached his first hundred pages, he felt he had a solid piece of work. From that point forward, Evan committed to write two thousand words per day. He collaborated with fellow student Raisha Friedman, of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, who illustrated the book.