Friday, March 12, 2010

Working on a Saturday

Oh, those SNI's how they tease me! They always creep up on me when I'm doing well with a project. Thursday I figured out how to make my way to the end on my current first draft. That took all day - a long shower (hot water always helps me think), lots of Oreos and some doodling. I figured it out, though!

Which means that since I figured out what I'm doing for the end, instead of working on it (which, would be the smart thing), I'm letting the SNI tease me.

I've spent the morning dreaming up a new project. Something younger than anything I've ever written, and to be honest, I'm not 100% sure I can pull it off.

I have huge respect for picture book, children and middle grade writers. It seems like they get the short end of the stick. That everyone feels as if they could write 500 - 10K words and get published.

It's hard to write for that age. Much harder than anything else. I have two kids and I understand how difficult it is to hold their attention while entertaining me enough so that I'll read it to them.

I get it and I respect it. Why, then, am I thinking about dipping my toe in?

I think the challenge is wooing me.


  1. Re. your SNI, are you thinking "author/illustrator" or "author?" My wife is working on the former, half for her own sanity and the love of creation, half with an eye on being published. She goes all zen as soon as she picks up a paint brush. :)

  2. I not draw. EVER. It would hurt peoples' eyes and then they'd bleed and I'd get sued. :)

    Normally, you're one or the other. No publishing company expects you to be both. I'll leave the art to the professionals. That is... if I can get this off the ground. Heh.

  3. Ha! I just posted about my problem with SNI Syndrome over on my blog today. It's not so bad when it comes in the form of a picture book. Novels are another story.

  4. I have mad respect for picture books. I've written a couple, and they are great to me, but they took a LOOOONNNNGGGG time to write. Despite one of them being less than 500 words. :0)

    Have fun, good luck!!

  5. I am in awe of people who can write for young children. It definitely takes a certain talent to do it well. But it must be fun. Good luck!



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