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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

I have never...

 The Torschlusspanik list is a quick way to list what 'I have never' done but there are new things I attempt without even realising. I have been madly writing short stories since lockdown and submitting them to competitions for feedback. I saw one for stories for 8-11year olds and thought it would be a good challenge. 

Many years ago I wrote a picture book in rhyme for 3-6 year olds. It got fairly positive feedback but not published, but I've never written another thing for children since. 

I knocked out a story for the Buzzwords competition and I'm quite keen to see how it goes. I'm not 100% sure I got the age connection right, it's sometimes hard to be 'assuming' how they think and what will engage children, verging on teens. It's a little like speaking another language - you know the words but it's awkward and sounds stilted.

I really like this story though, so I'm hoping it does well. Anyone who writes fiction knows you have a little of your heart with these characters, and like a teenager, you just want them to be liked. 

I'm learning the things I really need to work on are titles, bio's and synopsis. If you see any courses on those, let me know...

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8 comments:

  1. Hi Lydia, I would love to write stories for children. I can't wait to have grandchildren so that I can write for them. Good luck with getting published, that would be so exciting.

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  2. Hi Lydia - you and Deb (from Deb's World) both seem to be on the same journey with writing books for children. After Deb described the process I realized it was a lot more complicated than "run Nip run" from my childhood memories! Good luck with the competitions x

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  3. Good luck! I'm keen to write for children and just keep submitting, submitting, submitting. One day!

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  4. Good luck with the story - writing for kids or YA is so hard.

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  5. I have been learning about writing stories as Leanne mentioned and enjoyed my Writing Children's Picture Books course with Australian Writers Centre recently. There's a lot to it isn't there? Good luck with your submissions, it is a lot of work!

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    1. Do you do Furious Fiction? I was chuffed to be longlisted last month...now determined to get myself short listed (for the feedback! Ha!)

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  6. Loved your take on this. Wishing you well on your quest.
    Thank you for linking up for LifeThisWeek and I hope you join in again next week, where the optional prompt is 42/51 Self-Care Stories #6. 19.10.2020. Denyse.

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