A change of story

I’m afraid Raven and The Dark Saga will be going on a hiatus for an indefinite period of time.

See, my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a little boy, in about four months. My, time sure does fly. Anyways, I’m not as crafty as my mom and sister-in-law, who make blankets, quilts, little hats, and booties. Instead, I write. So, I decided to write a story for my little one.

The problem? I haven’t actually written a children’s story since I was a child. I don’t know how to do this! I need help making this story-in-progress child-friendly for not just a baby, but also for as he grows up. Am I writing it so it’s understandable to kids of many ages? Is the vocabulary I use appropriate? Is what I even write appropriate? So, if there are any children’s book writers out there, I could dearly use your help and advice.

I’ve got about four months to finish this story, which is still quite early in the beginning; get it illustrated by either my wonderful artist best friend or my husband, who takes far too much time to draw anything; and get it bound into a book. All of my other writing projects will, unfortunately, have to go on the back burner for the next few months. They will be back; I just don’t know when. In the meantime, the baby’s knocking, and not too gently on my bladder.

6 thoughts

  1. Congratulations! 😀 I don’t write children’s stories, so I’m sorry I can’t help but I think writing a story book for you baby is a sweet idea, and a gift I think he’ll cherish throughout his life.

    1. Thanks! I sure hope he likes it. I’ll be posting bits and pieces, so if you do happen to have any ideas or suggestions, I would be very grateful!

  2. Congratulations! 🙂

    I always have the opposite problem, I try to write for adults and I wind up with a children’s story. It sounds to me like you want something like the Hobbit or the Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe that you could read to him as he grows up. (More of a middle grade book.) I think the trick to writing for children is not to write for children. (Confusing?) I mean just write your story and don’t over think it. When you edit it you can go back and remove any words that are too big.

    If you would like me to read some of it I’d be glad to help you out and let you know what I think. (I’ve been reading a lot of mid-grade books since I realized I was writing one.)

    1. Thanks! I think I’m thinking something along the lines of The Phantom Tollbooth since that’s what my husband’s currently reading to him every night. But, yeah, right now I’m just writing it, hoping I’ll catch something when I go back to edit, which is always on my mind since I’ve only got about 4 months! I would love any input and insight you might have. That would be a fantastic help since I’ve no clue what I’m doing. Haha, I should probably start reading middle grade books, too. Any suggestions?

      1. I haven’t read Phantom Tollbooth since fourth grade. I wish you luck, four months is enough time to write a rough draft, but I could never edit it in so little time. I hope I can help you out, maybe you can learn from all of my mistakes in writing my book. 🙂

        I really like the Percy Jackson books. (Though I have a young sense of humor.) My mother is an elementary school teacher and she says the Diary of a wimpy kid books are popular, but I haven’t read them. There is always Harry Potter of course or the Series of Unfortunate Events. At least kids books are a quick read. I was surprised how much I’m enjoying reading them. haha.

      2. Now why didn’t I think of Percy Jackson? My pre-teen sister-in-law raves about it and the one or two books I read were really good. The Unfortunate Events and Wimpy Kid books sound like a good idea. I’ve heard they’re good, so I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!

        And, yeah, the four months to do everything kind of freaks me out. And that’s only assuming he’s cooperative and actually comes around his due date. I could really use all the help and luck I can get!

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