Part 2: Jabberywoky DreamsWritten by K.S. Fellow
Part 2: jabberwoky dreams
In a rather jabberwoky place on moors of placid mists and night’s dim kiss, my face could find no grimace, for a land so rich in untapped joy was hardly a thing to dismiss. No sun light shone, no golden gleam, just a light white and uncanny as bone. So driven with mist and unseen nooks, skies that could not cope with simple ponderings of foolish mind, it was a tinging peak of eternity, a peace one could find. “Where a place is so like unlikely...I gaze in it’s gaze and I am confound to find no answer in any of my bewilderments of such an out stretching land.” I looked as one would look into a mirror, and not realize there own self’s familiar stare. In this distance came a soft tone, a man’s voice in which understanding shown, yet voice was detached of me, and had no awareness of my presence, and before me land became dim form of inside a humble home. The man so free spirited sat in his chair as he sprawled out in his acomadating lair, “Twas not a day in life when I wished not a cloud to dampen suns sweltering purge upon my brow...yet not a day when I have not wished for a quenching pond, yet none has been collected by rains for my pleaser or peace.” With a stir I was compelled to make my self known to him, he, so sturdy and rooted in a life I wished to weave into. So meekly I spoke, “I can be as collected rain, I can be a pond, for such a pure fellow as you, you must be eased to peace...for a heart as yours truly deserves to be quenched, dear sire.” The man’s deep and focused gaze did not flicker in any direction, it stayed pined like an arrow to one spot as he seemed unsure of my voice, then I heard him murmur under a determined strength that seemed always to ring in even his meekest of tones, “A voice like spring winds I have heard in my mind, though not of my thoughts...they could not be...a women in mist waiting for me.....a women I can not see...this can not surly be. Is this a dream that I abide, a place where unworldly secrets can linger and hide.” With a stand, I wondered at these words, moors slowly devouring image of this dreaming man, with an echoed plea I cried out, “Do not leave, I am real! You must know this with out a doubt!” Yet all that was there before my wetted stare, blurred emptiness of unnamed moors, “I am dreaming. Not just he.” And swirling skies ripped of there wonders, a cloth woven perfect then torn, and what was beyond them came my opened eyes, and awakening.
Children's Stories – the EssentialsWritten by Ann Harth
There is no specific formula for children's fiction. There are, however, some necessities. Whether you are writing a humorous picture book or a coming-of-age novel for young adults, you will need: a main character, a setting, a problem or goal and a satisfying ending.
Develop protagonists that your readers will care about. Create characters that are same age or a little older than your target audience. Make them real and believable. Allow your characters to make mistakes and have embarrassing moments. Children aren't perfect. They can't identify with a protagonist who is. Give Molly Squinch an obsession with worms or inability to complete anything. Make Henry Steed stumble and turn red when a certain teacher comes near. Develop a character who is real enough to be living next door.
Your setting has to be clear, but incidental. This is where show, don't tell comes into play. Weave an awareness of setting through action and dialogue. Don't allow description to put brakes on your pace. Children's eyes tend to glaze over when faced with blocks of description. You may have written an award-winning paragraph about a mountain backdrop – save it. Most ten-year-olds will not be interested. Use it for your next adult novel.
*Problem or goal
This is your plot. Give your character a problem, or a wish. Push him gently toward solution to his problem or fulfillment of his goal. Then toss in an obstacle. He must overcome it using his own ingenuity and/or skill. When he's succeeded, throw him another one and then maybe a third. You can make things really interesting by making each hurdle a little higher than last. The most important thing here is to allow protagonist to conquer his own problems or achieve his own goals. Try not to depend on coincidences and avoid allowing an adult or older brother to swoop in and save day.