Kids are way smarter than we ever were back in the day. You can’t sneak a lecture by them in your stories. The minute they smell one its over. We all want to do it though we want to guide them with our magic words to better things which isn’t a bad idea it just doesn’t work. Unless, I’ve discovered, you let the story gives them opportunities to figure it out for themselves. Leave enough room for their ideas to play around and they will surprise you with getting there all on their own. I’ve learned that I have to let go of my parent self and just be that kid when I’m writing, even if being the kid feels wrong to my stuffy old adult self, becuase eventually my readers will work it out. I have to trust that inner kid and distrust the adult a bit more. I have to allow the mistakes, the naughtiness that is if I want my books to do something other than gather dust on the shelf.
February 22, 2010
don’t listen to the stuffy adult