I can’t say I’ve made much progress on my repurposing draft what with a million other things on my to do list this week, but this is the gist of what I’d like to do:
My mother, like many, has the annoying habit of saving artifacts from my and my brothers’ childhoods so we can look back on what we created and feel embarrassed more than anything else. Hidden away in my basement with many other childhood creations was a notebook of stories that my best friend, Allie, and I wrote when we were in elementary school. One, titled “The Best Day Ever,” (very original) became the inspiration for my repurposing project. I decided to develop the story and turn it into a storyboard for a children’s book. The idea of creating a storyboard, much less a children’s book, is incredibly daunting. I’ve never tried my hand at creative writing before. My imagination has always seemed limited to me; the creative juices just don’t flow naturally. But I’m determined to break down the dam and create an entertaining piece of creative writing.
In “The Best Day Ever,” Allison and Christina live on the beach in Florida with their three dolphins. The dolphins live in an indoor/outdoor pool with a secret door that lets them swim inside when it rains. Christina and Allison have trained the dolphins and put on shows for the public. So what I now need to decide is what stays and what goes. And what needs to be added? How do I develop what I have into a real story? What should the plot be? I have made the not-so-difficult decision to cut out the page-long description of spaghetti dinner at my grandparents house, pictured below:
And with the help of my blog group, I decided to add a villain in order to create conflict within the story. The villain will be much like the creepy clown in AirBud who tried to steal the golden retriever. My villain will try to steal the dolphins, and possibly succeed (to be determined). Still, there are other aspects of the plot that need to be developed. And real characters that need to be created. How do I construct characters in such a short and simple text like a children’s book?