and that’s why there are stars

The g/f had papers to sign, forms to fill out and hands to shake at the university today which meant I got to watch the brat for an extended period of time. It wasn’t a disaster. What we ended up doing was trading stories we made up on the spot, which was an odd experience with a five year – especially when he told pretty decent stories. He had the basic structure down. A bit simplistic (he is a five year old) but still good.

What I realized, though, was how difficult it was to tell kid stories. And it also made me think my distaste for clearly poorly done kid stories is entirely well earned by the people half-assing it.

to put it mildly, I don’t write kid’s stories. I don’t write anything that I would consider wildly inappropriate or pornographic but it’s also not stuff that the typical five year would get into. So coming up with stories to capture the attention of a five year old proved unnaturally difficult for me.

But it’s also something I’ve found enjoyable so I think I’m going to start working on writing some children’s stories. the need to keep the stories deceptively simple while having a deeper pool to plumb is the real goal for me.  it’l be interesting to see how it goes.


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2 Responses to “and that’s why there are stars”

  1. kbaab Says:

    How’s the kid story writing going?

    • charlieblizz Says:

      barely been looking at it. Been bogged down in larger novel re-write and now I’m gearing up for a small online teaching gig over the summer. Before I get into it much at all, though, I realize I have to do some research and be sure I’m not stealing a story already out there. It just feels like a story I should have heard before, if that makes any sense, so I’m leery of going on with it.

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