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In the comments Evelyn Rodriguez writes of her decision “to write more stories and read more stories and put most biz books on the back-burner.” She’s been writing about this theme often lately, see here, here, and here.

She reminded me of a decision I made about two years ago to only read children’s books. I’d just got a job that required lots of writing. In particular I was translating economic analysis into its simple, clear implications. I thought children’s books would help.

For one and a half years I read only the classics of children literature, here’s what I learned:

Mystery and failure keep your attention better than endless wins. Characters with handicaps are more endearing than flawless heros.

While plots tend to be generic, the details make the difference.

Write the plot for children and nuance for adults.

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