Children are brilliant. Their words are rooted by feelings and truth. They can teach us so much about the simplicity of life and the purity in honesty if we take the time to not just listen to them but actually hear them. Their brains are innocent, unsullied and not littered with the stresses, problems and disquiet that we create as adults. All that waste gets in the way of our creativity as we grow. Let’s face it, without our personal creativity, we don’t really have our entire self.
Ryan has given me many ideas for my stories and I ask him questions often that can help give my stories more of a child’s perspective. He always asks me to tell him a new story at bedtime and that has also given me tons of new ideas. A story I recently finished revising and is ready to be sent to an editor is one I came up with at bedtime. It’s about a grumpy grizzly bear and a frog that won’t stop jumping on the bears head. The bear does all these crazy things to get the frog off his head and then at the end he finds that the frog really made him laugh for the first time in his life. That’s the gist of it. I’ve received some extremely helpful revision tips in 12×12 and I think it’s ready for the next step. Finally. Wish me luck!
Summer 2015 – We were driving and Ryan saw a lady walking on the side of the road with a cane and he asked, “Why does that lady have a kickstand?” Then a few seconds later an ambulance went by the other way and he said, “Oh no, her kick stand must not have worked.”
I’ve discovered a blog that lists current writing contests. This is another avenue that can open up doors. Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully:
Highlights Magazine also takes submissions throughout the year:
Lists of agents currently accepting new work:
Site is having technical issues it seems and won’t post book reviews to blogs currently.
Stories about our favorite authors and books:
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, made his big break into children’s literature with the first book he both wrote and illustrated, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. It required a great deal of persistence as it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press.