Writing for Children and Exploring their world

Exciting Ideas Brewing

03/20/2012 05:42

I always have exciting ideas brewing. It is hard for me to understand those who have writer's block or say they don't have an idea about what to write. For me the problem is never the ideas, it is following through with those ideas into a marketable story or product. I have no problem jotting down the thoughts, a few character names and attributes, some action ideas, and the place I want the story to take place. My challenge is in fleshing all of these notes into a three dimensional body  of concrete material.

The ideas....

The notes....

The outline....

The characters...

And then a big flat............lacking details.........lackluster.....weak......story arc.

 

How do I deal with this lack of polished skill level? I am taking more classes, I write everyday, and I am always trying to make my writing better. Action, details, conflict, details, emotions, details.... you get the picture.

Writing takes work. It takes work and discipline to get what is in your head down on paper so others feel the story. I want the reader's heart to beat when the character is racing behind an alley from the gunman. I want the reader to sweat when the character is waiting to hear the results of a life threatening pathology report which may put an expiration date on their only child. I want the reader to smell the lavendar that Aunt Rose hung in the bathroom on cleaning day... smell it years after Aunt Rose has passed away because I have created the scene with words so clear that you can taste and smell the purple lavendar bits on your tongue as your heart hurts because your favorite auntie has passed.

 

This should be the goal of every writer. Make your reader see, taste, smell, and feel the characters right off the page and into the heart. It isn't a job for the faint of heart but it is the job of anyone who writes so others can read.

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Terri Forehand RN Writing for children and adults

terri.forehand@gmail.com

3705 Raspberry Lane
Nineveh, IN 46164

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 I have a blog where I review books for children. Carla's Cloud Catastrophe is a funny and imaginative book for children ages 4-8. Carla is missing her birthday party because the clouds are falling from the sky into the town where she lives. Can you imagine if that reallly happened on your birthday? What would you do? It seems silly but oh what fun stomping through the clouds might be.

If mom or dad wants to read more about this fun book by children's author Beth Bence Reinke one click on the link will take them right to it.

 

 

 

http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-carlas-cloud-catastrophe.html

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05/11/2013 06:39

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I have changed the template for the website to fit our new home and where I now find inspiration for my writing...in  the  hills of Brown County Indiana. The beauty here is spectacular in a woodsy way, giving visitors the feel of  coming home. Log cabins, small town hospitality, and...
07/19/2011 05:53

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Welcome to this site. I am so glad you are here. I hope you find fun, information, ideas, and inspiration to make your day complete.

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1. God 2. My family 3. Writing 4. Reading 5. Chocolate 6. Fabric 7, Sewing and quilting 8. Kids of all ages 9. Sunny days 10. Christmas  

My Favorite Part of a New School Year

My favorite part of starting a new school year or a new writing project is gathering my supplies. I love notepads, sticky notes, fun pens, and goofy paper to write my stories. What is your favorite part of starting a new school year? Is it the new teacher, making new friends, being in a new grade, or learning new things? If you really don't like school, is there one thing you can try this year to make it better? Write and let me know how your new school year is going? I would love to hear about it.

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09/12/2017 23:51

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This season has been filled with many natural disasters which can be more than frightening for young children. Hurricanes, forest fires, flooding, and tornados have been a consistent thing for the past several weeks. As parents it can be difficult to help your child cope when you are in the midst...
07/19/2011 05:55

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