I have recently started work on a new project, one that I am very excited about. I've always wanted to write a children's book and decided that there is no time like the present to get started. I know I already have a WIP and I'm not totally abandoning it. I just have these ideas that I need to get out before I lose them.
I'm hoping that my book will appeal to children from around the ages of 8-15. I remember being that age and being full of imagination. My book is full of imagination...well, so far. I have so many things to create and am thrilled about it.
Imagination is a wondrous thing. The possibilities are endless. I'll be able to take any object and transform it into something unique and then even get to name it. I also will be able to consult my two sons. They both ooze imagination.
Both of my children love to read. Happy (my little guy) is currently on the 4th Harry Potter. He polishes them off rather quickly. Grumpy (my teen-aged son) just finished a book from the Looking Glass Wars series. We bought the book early Thursday evening and he finished it Friday night. It's fun to listen to them as they describe what they have been reading.
I had what I thought was a great and original premise for my book. I was so excited to tell Grumpy about it. He stood there listening to me with a smile on his face the entire time. I thought, "Oh man! This must be a great idea!". When I finished, he said "Mom, you just described the characters of ____________". This was a very popular book, and one I haven't even read one page of, nor do I know anything about it.
Now I know a lot of books share the same ideas and the authors just change things up a bit. But I really was hoping for a unique idea. I guess I'll have to ponder a while longer. I won't let that slow me down though. I still have oodles of things to imagine.
Currently, I am creating creatures. Some of my creatures dwell in the heavily forested mountainsides while others inhabit a huge mysterious lake. Some of my creatures are cute and friendly, some are very dangerous, even deadly.
I've created one creature already. He is very cute, but deadly. I have challenged my niece, Drama, to design a creature. If she comes up with something I want to use, she'll win a prize of some kind. I'm not sure what yet. I'll give her credit in my book. Now that's being optimistic.
What about you? If you could imagine any creature at all, what would it be? What would you name it?
Hoping you have a very imaginative day!