Anything worth doing will have struggles. But anything worth the struggle is worth doing ~ Megan Finsel

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Beauty in Bedtime

Children’s stories are much more different to write than what I’m used to.

The plots can’t be too complex
(ummm),

and there can’t be too many characters,
(uhhh)

and it can’t be too long.
(uhoh).

Yeah, but there is a beautiful simplicity about the traditional bedtime story, a creative property that comes with the fact that it’s written for kids.
I love that,
the freedom to be completely utterly expressive and imaginative!
    Bedtime stories nurture a little kid’s creative side, they’re meant to make you laugh and to comfort you; they’re the gateway to the realm of Dreamland. There are no limits to a little child’s imagination thus there are no boundaries to the subjects of the Bedtime Story.  
 When you’re 6,
                   it’s easy to believe in Fairies flitting around your backyard,

and princesses locked away in high towers. 

    So all I have to do is capture the essence of that imaginative property running wild inside the child in me and put it down on paper, without being wordy, over-descriptive, or too complex.
This might be harder than I thought.
But hard doesn’t mean impossible!

BTW: I finished 2 more Short Stories today, for a complete total of 7 stories in the Challenge!