I think my story, Samuel's Umbrella, will be a short story. Hopefully this stems less from my lack of creativity and more from the fact that I want children to be able to consume it in one or two sittings. And yet I face so many questions that I can, as of yet, not answer. For instance - what age group would be best suited to read this story? Am I using words too advanced for this group? A brief perusal of my first few paragraphs already reveals words like fraught and trekked, but then again there are kids knocking out words at the spelling bee that make me wonder if the competition is in English or Latin. And then I think of how Tolkien intended The Hobbit to be read by young children; I think he expected 5-7 year olds to read it. So, either I'm doing just fine or I'll only be able to market the work to spelling bee participants.
Other issues I'm wondering about (besides the ever-present 'will anybody like it, ever??') are:
- Who will illustrate it? (because I will sound its death knell if I do)
- Will it appeal to my intended audience? (which raises the aforementioned - who is my intended audience?)
- Will it evoke wonder, joy, or admiration? (or the opposite - dread, disdain, and disgust?)
- Will it further learning?
The list could go on, but I'll spare you.
Ok, I just had a realization - I'll just upload the story to BookSprouting.com now and then you can go there (here) and tell me what you think. It's obviously unfinished but I'm open game for your collaborative feedback. And I'm not sure of the value of posting it with only a handful of paragraphs complete, but hey, why not?
I look forward to hearing from you!