How Writing a Children’s Book Is an Antidote to Doomsday Thinking

From an essay on lithub.com by Ben Okri headlined “How Writing a Children’s Book Is an Antidote to Doomsday Thinking”:

An unspoken tradition hints that going to the source is good for the story you want to write. The trouble often is that we have no idea what that source may be. Sometimes we think it is sheer research and we spend time in libraries. Often, we think it’s where the action of the proposed work takes place. So, like Hemingway, we go to battles or bullfights. I think these are useful if you can do them or afford the travel, though there is a fallacy involved in thinking that the world, in and of itself, is the constant source of infallible research, when the world changes from day to day.