Day 27 of 365
Quick update before the blog! I’m going to just face that I probably won’t finish my animation for January 31st, but that’s okay, I’m gonna keep working on it anyway. However, I’m gonna keep the updates for the animation to a minimum so we can see a bigger jump in progress from now until then. I feel like updating every day gets a bit boring, especially if progress is slow and small. You guys want to see big jumps in progress, I know because I do, and so far I have not been delivering that to you. I think I’ll roll out a weekly schedule for these blogs starting in February. It’ll help keep me in check as well as vary content. I’m rambling now so continue on to the fun stuff!
Write like a Kid
I’ve been feeling like this blog is neglecting the story skillset I’m aiming for, as I’ve said probably three or four times before, so instead I’m gonna take some action to fix this. Today I’m featuring some great stories told by kids, or stories that feature children’s creativity and their wondrous imaginations. Some kid stories don’t make sense, but they’ve always got a great way of telling it. They feature their point in an excited fashion and reemphasize it frequently. I love learning stories from kids! There’s so much they can teach us about the importance of telling a great story, and I think people often forget to look at them for inspiration.
Children like to tell stories in an excited fashion, they tell it simply and straight to the point. They usually don’t mess around with explaining the details, unless it’s really important to them. They also tell it with a giant grin on their faces, which is the best part when you think about it–unless you’re the kid in the Julian Smith skit below. They have no limits when it comes to stories. It’s a story told by a kid.
Kids can also inspire stories and unique tellings. The example below of “Conversations with my 2 year old” makes for hilarity when you replace a kid with a full grown adult. Sounds ridiculous coming from adult, but completely normal from a child. Reenactments are great for telling stories from their perspectives. I love that they just focus on the big stuff, and forget things. They also go straight for action rather than lingering on little details. It’s the reason why I think kids stories are fun to learn from.
I frequently wonder when I started putting rules on my stories, and truthfully I don’t ever remember why I have to have rules. I don’t need rules, I just need to tell stories. If you learn one thing from this post, it’s that writing doesn’t have rules. A story is a story. Don’t let society or even your own rules dictate what happens in your story. It’s something I need to remind myself frequently, and I’m sure many of you forget that writing can do anything. And I mean anything. Your story doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to have a beginning, middle, and end. So what if nothing gets resolved? Maybe your words are out of order, or that story is just about A Cat Walking a Long Time. Write like a kid, and have fun with your words!
Kids are amazing. They are tiny humans that are inspiring and crazy, but they’re learning just like the rest of us. They do many things creatively without missing a beat, and don’t let parents or adults tell them the way to tell their story. So write like a kid and learn from how they tell a story.
Below are my favorite sketches involving kids and the things they say. I hope these inspire you to write like a kid, and enjoy the art of storytelling through the lense of children’s wonder and amazement.
Thanks for reading and watching these!