40: Tell Adults to Butt Out

Tell Adults to Butt Out

Grown Ups Should Be Seen and Not Heard

February 24, 2017

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A surprising number of writers really struggle to separate themselves from the adult characters in children’s stories. This is especially true for newer writers with stories for very young children. Few of us have very clear memories of our preschool years, but we have excellent memories of the preschool years of our children. And in all of those memories, we are the parent. Obviously. We are not the child. So when we write from those memories, it can be easy to slip into the adult viewpoint.

Unruly adults are the result. Unruly adults talk too much. Unruly adults step in and solve the story problem–either directly or through wise direction. Unruly adults push the main character into a passive role in the story.

For three possible unruly adult problems and solutions for solving them, listen to the episode!

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Marge Blum
March 12, 2017

I'd like to know if it is appropriate to submit the same manuscript to more than 1 publisher at the same time?

Robin Pizzo
March 6, 2017

I just discovered this and I love it. I wish was longer because I'm binge listening and they are really quick but still fabulous.

March 5, 2017

I love this podcast. I'm planning on listening to the ones I've missed. Thank you for this :) This will really give away my age, but I signed up for a writing course when my son was two years old- he's 25 now!- and I'm still plodding along, writing and learning and hoping... Thank you!

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