A Shel Parallel

As a kid, I was dramatically obsessed with Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.  I’m pretty sure I knew every poem by heart, yet still read it over and over again.  I’m not sure what made me think of it recently….but it’s been on my mind.  It got me thinking about possibly trying to branch out and try writing a children’s book.  A book of children’s poems to be more specific.  I just remember how big of an impact books had on me as a child, and I can’t help but think of what a rewarding feeling it would be to have that same effect on a young and curious mind.  I’m just wondering if anyone out there has tried this and can give me their opinions on it.  I will do some research but would love some first-hand input.  Anyone?

6 thoughts on “A Shel Parallel

  1. Sounds like an enticing project words and illustrations. I hope this does not derail you from finishing the novel you started.

    One tendency beginning writers have is to jump from idea to idea because each new idea is so exciting and seductive, starting project after project yet never completing any of them. Of course, you need to pursue your passion as it will show in your work. But you learn so much from actually going to the finish line even if your initial enthusiasm wanes.

    In any case, always keep a journal or other record of each of these new ideas and then revisit them from time to time. What may not be right to work on at this moment may be perfect at a later time. Keep the noodle noodling with new ideas, but don’t stop putting pen to paper (or the electronic equivalent).


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