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Well, if you are sticking to picture books, it's best to stay under 1,000 words. I've written short fiction for MG/YA from anywhere between 1,200 and 3,000 words, but have yet to plunge into writing a novel. (although I do plan to) Writing for older kids is much different from picture books, I'm not sure if that's what you're asking about.

 :goat  :sheep :chicken :yum  thought I'd throw these guys in since the thread is about farm animals  :whistle
#31 - June 13, 2009, 01:29 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

Partridge, turkey, goose, duck, chicken, ostrich, emu, pheasant, pigeon.  Anything else?  It's a big bird farm and I need supporting characters for my story.  I'm just bringing them in for the conclusion.  Any edible birds greatly received.  And I have chicken for dinner.  How could I?
 :drink  Had quite a few of these last night, but not as many as I thought I would.  Is that good or bad?
#32 - June 14, 2009, 04:14 AM

Finished my story last night over another cup of coffee.  I think I brought it to a nice conclusion.  I also met a friend who gave me an expansive list of edible birds.  Not sure I'd fancy eating many of them.  Chickens were defiant too.  I'm not certain I've kept it to under 1000 words, but I hand-write all of my work and I won't find out for a while.  I'm terrible for not typing it up.
#33 - June 15, 2009, 02:40 AM
« Last Edit: June 15, 2009, 07:19 AM by Donna J. »

This is just slightly off the topic, but I hope it's of interest.

I like to watch animals, both on the farm and in the wild, because they give me ideas for stories. For example, friends of ours (we don't live on a farm but are in farm country) have a pig which they've raised as a pet. It's big now--and utterly spoiled--and loves his "mama." It's nice to see a pig with room to roam (too big to live in the house), and it has a definite pigonality that is completely different from most pigs in pens, although all pigs are interesting (to me).

Of course, there are surly geese and spoiled squirrels.

Other friends have a hired hand who has some degree of retardation, and has difficulty with conversation, but is the greatest horse groom anyone around here has ever seen. Bill really seems to be able to talk to the animals and is the human who they want around in foaling season.

We had a cat who seemed markedly more individualistic than most cats, which is saying something. Spent almost all of his days and evenings hunting in the big, thick hedgerows, and almost never wanted to come indoors. Another cat who was beloved of a big German shepherd, like the dog and cat in The Incredible Journey.

But my favorite thing is to watch animals act nonchalant. Animals--especially birds--whom you've fed and who know you, but don't know you well enough to expect to be fed by you. Ducks, swans, dogs, cows, quails, they'll come near and act like they're looking on the ground for food, studying the distant hills, looking at passing trucks, whatever--but they're really hoping you'll give them something.

As a writer, watching birds and mammals helps give my animal characters "personality."
#34 - June 20, 2009, 04:41 PM
Titanic II, YA novel forthcoming sometime., a children's podcast series in development.


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