Sunday, November 05, 2006

So much fun writing!!

Hi gals,
I've been rewriting my Little Red Riding Hood story and been enjoying it tremendously! I actually rewrote it to my liking first and then some of the lines had a bit of a ryhme to them so I continued in that direction and am now rewriting the whole thing in ryhme! Don't know if I'll ever finish but I am totally engrossed in it. I know all of my kids always have loved stories like that so I figured I'd give it a whirl and try it out on them. They liked the little that I had so I kept going. Anyway at some point I will email it to you all for feedback. In the meantime I'm getting my latest mailing out and trying to recover from a very obnoxious headcold! Argh!!
Happy Blogging!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  2. Hi Giselle,

    I'm glad you're enjoying the writing process. Are you writing LRRH for the possibility of future publication or just for the enjoyment of writing? We are suppose to be here for encouragement, so I don't want to discourage you in any way. That being said, I just have to tell you that when you mentioned you are writing it in rhyme, a red flag popped up in my little pea brain! I have read over & over again how rhyme is the toughest to sell and unless you are a fantastic poet and are willing to wait it out, they say you should steer clear of it.
    Here's the experience I had...
    I happen to LOVE stories in rhyme and I know kids do too, so I've done a bunch which were well received (by my SCBWI critique group)...during the readings. Each time I presented a rhymed story they loved the plot line, the flow of the story and the rap up, but the proper rythm and rhyme has to be so precise that it tripped me up every time! They always break them down and turn them into regular stories...good ones, but no more rhyming. It is very disheartening(after working so hard at it) and I wouldn't wish the dissappointment off on anyone!
    Hey, just because this is my deal, doesn't mean it will be yours! I look forward to reading your rhymes and I'm hopeful that they will be much superior to mine! I would like nothing more than to see more rhyming books in print! Okay, maybe I'd like to illustrate them too!!!

  3. Hi Giselle,
    Sounds like you are having fun. Write what you like. Someone will notice if you are truely passionate about what you are writing.
    Have fun!

  4. Hi Giselle!
    That's great to hear you're taking some time to enjoy the writing process. I've always loved writing as well myself and it's definitely nice to be able to illustrate your own words and ideas.

    I definitely hear what Lisa is saying, but of course, as you all know, I wrote my Sophie story in rhyme as well. But I also realized it was a gamble but felt it added to my story by sounding more "spell like." I think these concerns are most certainly something to keep in mind though for sure. I guess in the end, at least in my opinion, rhyme works well when it's adding something to the story. And although red flags most certainly go up, "they" DO definitley publish rhymes here and there as we see them in the stores all the time! I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but the book I'm illustrating right now, I Like Gum, is a rhyme! So do what you love, but as Lisa mentioned, just keep these things in mind which I'm sure you do!

    Have fun!!

  5. Hi Giselle -
    Have fun re-writing - and be patient as it's an on going process -feel free to email me the rewrite next week - I'm in Arkansas now and will be home next Friday -the 19th.
    Good luck and keep on painting! Chris