What I Learned About Reviving My Childhood Imagination?
Updated: Sep 14
Many young children love to play make believe and use their imaginations. Some like to be more creative. A handful might like to make up concepts in their minds. I was definitely like that.
As a little kid, I would imagine fan fiction of my favorite movies and TV shows and dream of seeing them—unaware of copyright law then. I also imagined my own ideas of TV shows.
When I was around 7 years old, I read a book called “Morris Goes to School”, which was about an upright moose who went to school with children. It was cute for a small child.
That had inspired me to write my own version, but about an upright polar bear named Spike.
Later I evolved Spike into a child polar bear who also went to school with children. Not long after, I did a spinoff of one character and imagined a series about her living in a house in a jungle with talking animals as her friends.
At about 10, I abandoned the idea of that imaginary series. However, fast forward 6 years and the idea came back into my mind. I was so excited that I wrote it into a novel. Sadly, no one, except those I knew personally, found it appealing. So, once I was 18, I removed it from the market.
No matter how much I love and value something, it isn’t always going to please people, especially if I do little to no research on that idea. Few adults and older kids are interested in reviving their childhood imaginations. Fewer want to hear or know about it.
As I got older, I realized that certain ideas make little to no sense or aren’t as good as I thought when I was younger. Hey, that’s growing up.
So, while other writers tell me to write down any idea you have for a story (which I totally agree with), unless I'm writing it just for myself or maybe friends and family, I will be careful with trying to market that idea. I will probably have to do a lot of research.
The progress of studying the writing craft took me several years to learn. I’m not exaggerating—it took me 7 years to develop my writing voice and be able to write great books. Not just good. Believe me, it’s not nearly as satisfying as it sounds. After a while, I took the less-than-great books off the market.