Sunday, January 06, 2008

A New Project?

For a couple of years I've been thinking of trying to write a book of one page stories for kids. I had one of those books when I was a kid. In fact, it's on a shelf where I can see it right now because, as I said, I've been thinking of doing something similar for a couple of years.

I haven't progressed very far with this. Steps to make the project, if that is what it is, move forward:

1. Work on list of story ideas.

2. Come up with a one-page formula that I can start with. I think of a formula as being like a recipe. I rarely follow a recipe word for word because it's a rare recipe that has a complete list of ingredients that everyone at Chez Gauthier will eat. Some things have to be dropped, others added. Thus, I don't get too upset about the prospect of jump-starting a project with a formula.

3. Find that book of flash fiction I was reading last year or the year before.

4. Read it.


grrlpup said...

That sounds cool! I was a fan of those "five minute mystery" stories as a kid. And when I was younger I had a Richard Scarry book with 365 stories, and I really liked the concept of that many stories, a whole year's worth, in one book.

Gail Gauthier said...

When I was a kid I liked something called 365 Bedtime Stories about kids who lived on What A Jolly Street. I liked it long past the time when I should have been reading it. I think it was a comfort book.

Anonymous said...

What you're doing sounds like a good plan. If you want some more insights about very short stories my blog is full of them. I've had over thirty stories published so far. Good luck.