Great kid’s books: determination

If you write great kid’s books, do you tend to quit when you run into difficulties? Maybe you can’t find a good idea to write about. Perhaps your characters don’t seem to fit your plot. What if your dialogue is dull? If you want to savor the sweetness of success, you must struggle through the tough patches. Determination is the key to success. Imagine you’re a student ┬áliving in Western India who really wants to improve his/her life. As a student you realize you must endure some hardship in order to reach your goal. Students in some areas of India must swim about 50 feet, carrying books and a change of clothes in their backpacks.That’s not the end of their trial, though. After their swim, they change clothes on the riverbank and walk 3 miles to their high school in the Gujarat State’s region called Narmada.

The school principal realizes that these students have a great deal of determination. He said they persevere through heavy rains and dangerous currents in the river. He realizes how important it is for the children to get their education so he tends to overlook their occasional tardiness. The principal admits,”We’ve been asking for a bridge for a long time.”

If you’re working diligently to write great kid’s books, consider yourself fortunate that you have the gift to create stories. Think of those Indian students who persevere through all kinds of adversity in order to get an education. Perhaps some of these young people will write great kid’s books to share their experiences. They may teach other children to craft great kid’s books of their own.

I wrote the first of my children’s books, Tails of Sweetbrier, in 2009. I doubted my abilities to write a book that children would enjoy. But, I was determined to make the effort and see where it led. Today, some people consider it to be a great kid’s book. It’s the winner of the Feathered Quill Book Awards, as well as a finalist in the Clippa Award contest. If I hadn’t persevered, children and teachers would not be enjoying the story. If you choose to read it, I hope you believe Tails of Sweetbrier is a great kid’s book. I’d love for you to share your thoughts on it.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014


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