So yesterday in the WIP I was writing a bedtime story. The heroine has been through a trauma and asks the hero to tell her a story like he did when they were little. It’s more to show something about their relationship and long history than about the story, but I got carried away. I realized in the course of writing this little tale that I will never be able to spin off made up tales to my kids (when I have them). Why? Because I’m too well-trained in trying to sort out the details of what all the major plot points are and making sure they serve their purpose. Yeah, I’m gonna be that parent. This is another one of those consequences of being a writer. I can also totally see myself educating my kids on plot points as they’re trying to make up their own stories. :headdesk:
I think I’ll stick to Goodnight Moon and Popcorn.
What about y’all? Do those of you who have kids make up bedtime stories for them? Do you find yourself trying to adhere to the proper rules of story craft or does anything go?