|Doodle from my walk|
This morning, I went for a walk in our woods, and allowed my inner-kid's imagination to run wild!
Visions of the elusive Bigfoot peeking out from behind trees played in my mind. I even attempted a Cliff Barackman Bigfoot call-out. No, I didn't get a response, but I was hopeful. :)
It was a hoot, and it provided tons of inspiration for my wip. Of course, the story I'm crafting is for kids, so my Bigfoot is more of a fuzzy woodland creature. Think Harry from Harry and the Henderson's.
As a child, I was obsessed with Bigfoot. I grew up in the 70's and I was a huge fan of the famous Patterson-Grimlin video. I'm still fascinated with watching shows like Finding Bigfoot. But proving Bigfoot is real or not isn't what's important.
For me, it's believing in the mystery of the unknown. I don't need (nor want) the mystery solved. Keeping the magic alive is an important tool when writing for children. I have to delve into my memories, and harness my childhood beliefs if I want to grab my readers. I have to believe. I have to be the child. If not, disbelief will reflect in my writing, and trust me, kiddos can spot a liar-liar-pants-on-fire from a mile away.
Happy writing, y'all!