Out of children's book ideas?
It's so easy to say, "All the good stories have already been written," and sit slumped over your empty page.
What if you knew how to take one of those good children's stories that has already been written and twist it and turn it into something new and wonderful?
When I was teaching Primary children, I loved the books that did just that. And the kids loved them even more! There was something naughty about looking at a classic in a new way.
Reading those books inspired me to try my hand at using the old to make something new, and I came up with a few ideas that pleased me. I haven't taken time to develop them into something I want to send to a publisher, but I liked how easily ideas came when I had a starting point.
So imagine how thrilled I was when I read 44 Wyas to Fracture a Fairy Tale!
I was charmed from the very beginning. Steve Barancik, the author, worked in Hollywood as a film writer, so he knows how to concot a story. What surprised me was how well he could explain how to do what he does.
But there was more. Steve didn't send me only one book. He sent three! I also read 22 Ways to Re-Think a Story and The (Annotated) Tale of Peter Rabbit.
I can't say enough good about these books. I have to admit that they are even better than any book I could have written on the topic, so I'm saving myself the trouble of writing them and just suggesting that you check them out for yourself.
When you have used your newfound creativity to build your own list of unique children's book ideas, turn one or two of them into stories.
Then pick your best one, and send it to me for a sample edit.
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