|Cao Wenfang (back) and her brother Cao Wenxuan [Beijing Evening News]|
Chinese author Cao Wenfang recently shared her experiences of pursuing a lifelong career as a teacher and writer for children.
The 55-year-old novelist said that, above all, she has been constantly influenced by her older brother Cao Wenxuan, who is also a prize-winning storyteller.
After graduating from a teacher's training school in 1985 in the city of Yancheng, east China's Jiangsu Province, Cao Wenfang was assigned to be a dance teacher in a remote village.
"Initially, writing was not my ideal career. Through letters to my brother, I gradually learned to record my solitude in a distant place. I described the constant noise of planes as it was next to an airport," she recalled.
"I had no idea whether I could be a novelist or not. My family supported me, especially my brother who instructed me with a reading list and encouraged me a lot.
"I felt embarrassed to present my works to my brother, who has never praised my literature over two decades. Instead, he taught me to write on the theme of eternity such as beauty and family relationships.
"Thanks to his strictness, I kept writing and improving my skills in describing protagonists' feelings and the peaceful life they live in, which is to the advantage of a female writer, I believe.
"Nowadays, I enjoy my lifestyle of writing because it fulfills my inner world with tranquility, warmth, joy and satisfaction."
After being a teacher for over 30 years, the writer suggested children have more outdoors experience to feel the "wild of nature."
(Source: Beijing Evening News/Translated and edited by Women of China)