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Mesg #90886 "Children's Stories - NOT A Genre Question"
Author Wandering Author     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Mon May-21-12 09:33 PM
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I need the input of those who don't usually write children's stories. I don't usually write children's stories, and in this particular case, I'm not concerned with the rules of the genre. The problem is a bit more personal. My oldest grandson is 5 1/2, and pretty bright. So I offered to write a story for him... I let him pick what it would be about. He asked for two. One about a cop and a robber (which is on hold until the first is done) and one about a boy who goes into space.

I have a story. The setting, or backstory, or whatever you want to call it, is a bit more up my usual alley, and not at all material for a six year old. Or five and a half, obviously. But that part isn't spelled out; only I know what's going on, and adults might guess some of that if they read it. (I don't spell it out, there are just hints. Like the World War Two stories I used to read with kids as MCs, where they didn't really understand what was happening, so unless you already knew that, you wouldn't get the horror behind the little incidents.) So I think that's okay. And the real story is okay for him; the MCs four year old brother gets lost on a space station, and the MC becomes a hero for figuring out where he's hiding when the adults don't get it.

I'm trying to keep it to fairly simple words. On the other hand, I am not capable of writing a "See the bunny run." type of story. My mind just doesn't gear down that far. (I was reading Readers Digest by the time I went into first grade, so although I did read really basic books when I was three and four, I grew out of them too fast.) On the other hand, I've read that it's best not to try to talk down to kids too much. And even if he's not quite getting into Readers Digest, he's ahead of where most kids his age are. So this is a weird situation, and I'm trying to write a story for one specific bright kid. (If it could be published, I can worry about that later, and figure out the "right" age it ought to be marketed to. That's another matter, and not my worry at the moment.)

So I'm hoping there might be a few others who have faced similar issues, and might even have a few tips for me... Or words of wisdom, or whatever.

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Children's Stories - NOT A Genre Question [View all] , Wandering Author, Mon May-21-12 09:33 PM
  RE: Children's Stories - NOT A Genre Question, CatrinP, May 21st 2012, #1
RE: Children's Stories - NOT A Genre Question, Silvara, May 21st 2012, #2
RE: Children's Stories - NOT A Genre Question, RavenCorbie, May 22nd 2012, #3

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