Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In case I need a second job...

I have an idea for a children's book. I say this with great hesitation because I'm careful not to sound presumptuous. It's as if saying that I want to write a children's book means I'm claiming to be capable or talented enough to write. That's not it at all. It's just something I've thought about recently but have no idea how to go about it. I've already chosen an illustrator, too - Addison.

This is the third book idea that has come to me in the past few weeks, and I don't aspire to be OR have a life-long dream to be an author. What is going on? Even the titles popped into my head almost immediately. I took one idea and started a secret, unpublicized blog on the same topic to see if I could write enough material. I was unimpressed with myself and stopped. The other book idea would take too much research, and that sounds like no fun at all.

But the children's book wouldn't be that difficult to write. It's my story after all - a true story I told my students in an effort to reach the ones who hate to read.

So now what? I'm guessing what will happen is a lot of grading and lesson planning and sitting on my bum and not a lot of writing anything. But it's kind of fun to daydream about.


jo said...

So what would the book be about? I'm totally interested. I've been slowly starting collect fabulous children's books. I've wanted to write one for a long time about adoption. There aren't many books out there on the topic and none that I know of from a birth mothers perspective.
I had no idea Addison was an artist!

Tanya said...

I told them a story in which I compared how much I've always hated sweet potatoes to how much some of them say they hate reading. And your book idea is a a great one - especially if there's a need for it out there.