Hint, hint, we want one of these . . .

I’m trying to find my way into a story, likely a picture book. I’ve written 600 words and I’m not even really into the meat of the story yet. For those of you familiar with picture book texts, you’ll recognize I’m already in trouble length-wise. For those of you unfamiliar with picture book texts, well, I’m already in trouble length-wise. It’s going to be too long. And I’m not even really sure I’ve found the right voice for the story OR the right voice for the main character.

I’m writing the story because one of my editors sent me a note about a book they’d like to do and asked me if I’d like to try. I began researching. I got excited about the idea of doing a story on this subject and found a really cool, interesting anecdote that would be perfect to build a story around. So, of course, I really want to grab this opportunity. But I haven’t found my way into the story yet. Has this ever happened to you?

My plan is just to keep trying. I’m going to finish the story I’ve started and get it all on paper, likely topping out at about 1200 words. Too long. Then, I’m going to try a completely different approach and write it in a different style. And then I’ll keep trying if I have to. If it’s a story worth telling, I’ll eventually be able to burn off the dross, right?

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10 thoughts on “Hint, hint, we want one of these . . .

  1. Hi Kristy–My editor suggested a topic–actually, an enormous topic!–and wanted to know if I might be interested in doing “something on it.” I’ve always been jealous of writers whose editors suggested topics, but I’ve found I need either MORE (much more) direction or I guess none at all.

    I do work for hire projects all the time, following very specific guidelines. But a big topic with only the guidelines “I wouldn’t want it to be an ‘issue’ book” (although the topic is an issue) has left me pretty stymied.

    Good luck! I hope you find the fit, the voice, the character!

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