Myths About Writing Children’s Books

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Top 10 Myths About Writing Children’s Books

Myth #1
Children’s books are easy to write.

Myth #2
If I write a picture book, I have to illustrate it too (or hire an illustrator.)

Myth #3
Children’s books have to rhyme.

Myth #4
Since my kids/grandkids/class love my stories, they would make a great book.

Myth #5
It’s really important to follow trends, and write about things like vampires and dystopias if you write for teens.

Myth #6
Boys will only read “boy books” and girls will only read “girl books.”

Myth #7
As soon as I sell my book, I can quit my day job.

Myth #8
After my book is published, I’ll be sent on a book tour and be a guest on Ellen.

Myth #9
Picture book characters should be talking animals, not children.

Myth #10
I’ll never get published unless I have an agent.

Definition # 175 Stories

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channel
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Epigraph:

Stories move in circles…So it helps if you listen in circles….And part of the finding is the getting lost.  And when you’re lost, you start to look around and to listen.    Deena Metzger

I looked :

and found fisted anger:

rage in my cells.

listened;

saw the way to heaven

was forgiveness.

emptied the rage;

grew redemption.

conducted

the energy

of innocence:

burned violet!

Footnote:

On this date in 1911, Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity using mercury.

You can run a charge through a loop of superconducting wire, and it will hold its charge indefinitely, even when the battery is removed.

Definition #146 (Jeanne from Queens #18) Enough

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1977

“Writers end up writing stories

—or rather, stories’ shadows

—and they’re grateful if they can,

but it is not enough.

Nothing the writer can do is ever enough

—Joy Williams

Definition #88 Plots

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Good Stories

by William Greenway

1.
The one where the preacher’s kid
from Georgia, growing up in a house
with no books but the Bible,
became a great poet.

2.
The one where the great poet
remained faithful to his wife
even after her stroke, devoted
to her for fifty years.

3.
The one where he won the Nobel Prize
and finally got to live by the sea,
fishing every dawn
waist deep in the blue-green water.

4.
The one where, near the end,
he found the love of his life
and left behind the child
he’d never wanted before.

5.
Once there was a man
who failed at everything he tried
but wrote it all down
before he died.

“Good Stories” by William Greenway, from The Accidental Garden. © Word Poetry, 2014. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

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