Yesterday I wrote about “What Children Think About When Writing A Book” and I covered the many questions I receive from young kids who are interested in becoming an author. If you haven’t read that, click here and read it before you go any further.
Today I will look at the questions I have never received in all of my school visits. Here are the things that children are not wondering about when writing a book:
- How will I sell my book?
- Is my book good enough?
- Am I good enough?
- How often did you want to quit?
- Is it scary?
- Am I too young?
- Am I too dumb?
If we look back at yesterday’s questions, we notice a common theme. Kids aren’t too worried about the whole “writing process.” They just want write. As I speak to them, they are basically thinking, “hurry up and finish your presentation so I can start writing right now!”
They think of writing a book and picture something fun, that anyone can do with their friends.
Somewhere along the way, writing a book becomes something different. We lose track of that carefree mindset and start to get bogged down with all the details.
“Will it sell?” “Is it any good?” “Do I have the time?” Those are not questions that never even enter the mind of a child, but I can speak for everyone over the age of 18 when I say that those questions are pretty much always on the minds of an adult author.
But those questions didn’t always exist.
We all started writing because it was fun (or because some grouchy teacher made you turn in a report about Herbert Hoover). We first drempt of writing a book because we had so much imagination spilling out of our heads and we needed to soak it up with a pencil and paper.
That imagination still exists. It just was pushed deep down in your brain, somewhere underneath “did I pay the cell phone bill?” and “what is a copay?”.
We all have what it takes to write a book. We just need to make sure we are asking the right questions.