Rules are good… except when they’re not

Rules can be good…

I write children’s stories. As a general rule, in stories for kids, the kids need to solve their own problems. There are many articles on this topic, including:

This has also been the topic of quite a bit of feedback for the book I’m working on.

The main theme of the story is bullying, and in the process of writing and editing the story, I’ve done quite a bit of research and spoken with a number of experts on the topic. They all agree on one thing – children should never have to solve the issue of bullying on their own. In fact, often when kids do try and solve it on their own, that’s when things can get worse.

I’m hoping that my story will help kids who are being bullied, and encourage them to talk to the adults in their lives, so parents and teachers are instrumental in solving the main character’s problem. I want it to be a real life story, one of the reasons it has the ending that it does, and why I’ve kept the parents in.

The book I’m currently writing has the kids solving their own problem, in fact, in the eyes of the main character, her parents have caused her problem!

I think writing rules are great as they can give us some valuable direction and guidelines for our craft. There are times, however, when those rules can hinder the story. As authors, we need to be able to tell the difference. We also need to learn the rules so we can know why we are breaking them.

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