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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I got my apptitude test form the Institude of Children's Literature today. The last thing on the test is a 250-500 word essay type thing where we write about something that happened in our childhood, or something that we think would be interesting to children. I am totally drawing a blank. My hubby says I should just think about it for a while, even a few days if I have to. But, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas. I can take an idea and run with it and make it my own. Or, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I should come up with something? I know this is off topic, so if no one answers it's ok. Even some encouragement would be nice. I would love to become a published writer. It's always been a dream of mine.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Nothing interesting ever happened to me until when I was in the 9th grade my scuplture project attacked me and broke my finger.

Stari
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   Posted 6/16/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
After it has rained look up in the sky. Do you see a rainbow? Look closely do you see a pot of gold at the end of it?

Hey I have a great idea! Let's go paint our own rainbow in the sky.

From there you could fly into the sky....just an idea of course...Good luck

donnaeil
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   Posted 6/16/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
what about the tales that were read to you when you were a child.

Cloud dreaming

the trouble with siblings?

Your first crush on a boy

SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/16/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like the rainbow idea. I may just write a little chidren's story about that if it won't bother you. I was kind of thinking about writing about the time in fifth grade when I wrote a story called "The Assassin". I wrote this story in my free time. I was bored and decided to find a random word in the dictionary and write a story about it. I picked out assassin. Well, the story DID have a happy ending. But, I showed it to my teacher, all proud of it, and she ended up calling a parent-teach conference. She told my mom I needed therapy, but that wasn't until two years later. LOL. Anyways. My mom was all upset, but I explained everything, and it went away. I find it a very amusing tale, but I'm not sure it is appropriate for this essay thing.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


Littleneck
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy, what you described in writing about the one word is a great writing exercise that I have had used in writing classes I've attended. I would say that your aptitude for writing is already there and you don't need to be 'tested!' :) My suggestion is to write a story and then read it to an age-appropriate child, or group of children. Kids are THE best critics - they'll ask you questions if something's not clear, and they will be honest when they tell you what they thought. You'll know when you "get it right." Then you can send it off to children's magazines, publishers, or online publishers. There is an annual hardcover book put out called The Writer's Market. It describes all the different types of writing and places you can submit your work. Go for it!

Statgeek
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Sassy,

I took the same test a long time ago.  I wrote about when I was 8 years old and some bullies took my carton of milk and played keep away with it.  I finally got it back and a few minutes later one of the girls who was bullying me was leaning over the trash can.  I took my carton of milk and poured it right over her head!  

Sue


SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/17/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I am really just no sure what to write about. I had a silly childhood, filled with make-believe...but, a lot of it I can't really remember. LOL. I remember playing "Westfield" with my sister and two of our cousins. This game was where the four of us lived in this town. And it was set back in the "olden" days. And we would just roleplay with that. We had a post office and a bank...we all had houses. It was a lot of fun. LOL.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


Statgeek
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   Posted 6/17/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy,
If you pass the writing aptitude test, the place where you took it will offer you a course on children's writing. I took the course over 20 years ago. At the time, it was a correspondence course and cost me about $500. Everything was done by mail (the old fashioned mail). Now it is probably an online course.

If you feel like you have the aptitude to write, why don't you go ahead and try it. Look at the Writer's Guide and see what publishers want. Keep your eyes and ears open for ideas. Watch children and listen to them talk and play - there are a wealth of ideas there. Go to the library and read some children's books. Then if you feel you need more instruction, you might take a creative writing course from a community college.

Let's see . . . I remember a couple of things I learned: never use word "very." And don't start your sentences with "well."

Let us know if you take the test and what you write about.

Good luck!!!

Stari
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   Posted 6/18/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy you can do it..just relax.
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