If you want to get a lot of money you can let my sweet son be mean to you. You will be rich.
When my boys draw pictures or tell me stories or ask me to tell them stories, I start to rethink the age I write for. I am firmly in the upper MG/YA camp. Sometimes I wonder why. Why not write for six year olds or eight year olds? I remember Dandi Mackall spoke at the WIFYR conference (which you should all go to) a few years ago and said she wrote books for the ages of her kids. As they grew, the ages of the MC in her books grew.
I wish I could do that. Can I do that?
We’ve talked about how a lot of us feel a certain age inside, our writing age. And usually that’s where we stay. There are others who write for all ages and do it well. What do you do? Have you tried switching around? Does one age feel more natural than another? Why do I have to be thirteen my whole life?
I just finished a draft of something. I am relieved. I am also a little anxious about my next project. Maybe I’ll try something younger. Maybe I’ll write for the girl up my street who sells popsicle stick art for one penny each. Maybe I’ll write about the time when I was eight and I slept out on the trampoline and a real live skunk hid under there! And I had to be completely still. Still as rocks. Maybe I’ll write about giving silver dollars to all the people I’m mean to. It might be your lucky day.
In any case, I’m going to take some time to play. My favorite part of writing.
What chapter books do you read to your little ones. My boys love picture books but they also are interested in having us read chapter books to them. Cam has read Mr. Poppins Penguins, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and some books about a boy who shrinks and goes up someone’s nose. I don’t remember the name of it. And some Flat Stanleys. And Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A lot of these are a little old for my boys. What do you read?