Look what I found amongst the books at the local fete. Okay, it’s published as a children’s book, but we don’t have to notice that. Look at the first paragraph:
Have you ever wondered how to start a story or what to write next? This book will help you.
See that ‘you’ ? It could include adults too.
‘That’s all very well,’ I hear you say, ‘if we’re writing for children. I’m aiming for an adult audience.’
Don’t fool yourselves folks, if we’re all reading the same seven stories, (hello, is that another echo of Aristotle?) we’re all writing them too.
This book provides a series of busy people-pictures plus guided questions. And yes, they are child-like illustrations, but what happens if you describe the events from an adult pov*? The language you use, your understanding of events, and your responses, all affect the kind of story you will write.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling inhibited about making imaginative leaps, writing for children could provide you with a challenging stretch. Think adventure, and the language of ‘let’s pretend’, then look at each picture as a frozen moment, and imagine what will happen next…
The golden rule is, no cutting corners, create your logic and follow it through to a feasible conclusion that doesn’t explain everything by saying, ‘and then he woke up’.