Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Creative exercise #3 "Think like a kid"
Anyone who has spent serious time writing for children has heard "you have to think like children if you want to write for children."
Here's a list of some of the great truths that children have learned.
1) Water color paints can be used as lipstick
2) When you moon your parents, they'll laugh at home, but not anywhere else.
3) Never wash your hair with vaseline.
4) If you wash your hair with vaseline, your hair will be shiny (and sticky) for weeks.
5) Curtains make poor vines when playing Tarzan
6) You don't need snow to go sledding. A laundry basket and a flight of stairs work too.
7) Don't put helium balloons near a running ceiling fan.
8) Don't spit into a running fan.
9) It's difficult to prove that stuffed animals come alive at night.
Now, here's your choices for creativity.
A. Make up some of your own "truths that children have learned" If you come up with any, reply to this post, and I'll add it to the list.
B. Take one of the above truths and use it to start a short story.