I have often been referred to as a ‘prolific’ writer of children’s stories. Actually, there are many people who only know me as a writer of children’s stories: people who have no idea that I also dabble in other writing genres. But this is understandable, given the fact that my best works have been in the children’s stories genre. And if I am to be honest, I will have to admit that I like writing children stories.
Having admitted that I indeed like writing children stories, the question that naturally comes up is as to why I like this particular genre: that is, why I like writing children’s stories. Upon introspecting deeply, I came to the conclusion that there are three key reasons as to why I like writing children’s stories, which I will be sharing in today’s blog post.
Firstly, I have to admit that I like writing children’s stories because I know that I stand to have a major (and enduring) impact that way. You see, one of the things that pushed me to be a writer is the desire to have influence on people’s minds. And I know this: that to the extent that I can write children’s stories, and actually get the children to read the stories, then those stories would remain with them for the rest of their lives. The things we read as kids tend to stick and remain with us for life: unlike the things we read as adults, which tend to evaporate and be forgotten within an hour.
Secondly, I like writing children’s stories because I find the task easier than that of producing works for the adult audience. This is baffling to some people, who argue that the task of writing (authentic) children’s stories is harder than that of producing works for adults. But for me, I find it easier to come up with the simple characters, themes and plot-lines for children’s stories: which is why, in the final analysis, I find the entire task easy.
Thirdly, I like writing children’s stories because I find it to be financially rewarding. I see that although many people stopped buying novels and other works of literature meant for adult readers long ago, they do still feel obliged to buy story books for their kids. Thus, the production of children’s stories is still lucrative, and I have to be honest enough and admit that I still do care about the money. I care about the money, because I don’t like the indignity of having to fill in the forms for food stamps and welfare money on sites such as the GA Compass website. I find it demeaning, and prefer to earn my own money. Thus, as long as writing stories for children remains lucrative, I will always try to be a ‘prolific’ writer of children’s stories.