I have to write a chapter of a book describing my experiences with animals. Could anyone list any ideas on what I could write about?  I have phobia of animals they freakk me out. i cannot write...

I have to write a chapter of a book describing my experiences with animals. Could anyone list any ideas on what I could write about?

 

I have phobia of animals they freakk me out. i cannot write about my pobia because its for a  childrens book and it has to be A positive experience, could you please list the key points of the story and perhaps how i could start ? PLEASEEEE

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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You could take your phobia of animals and turn that into a positive experience. You could write about a time when a new pet was brought home (or to a friend or relatives house) and how at first you were scared but then you learned how to interact with the animal. You could also interview family or friends to see what experiences they have had.

You could also write about about a time you were perhaps on a vacation or trip and watched birds in the sky or lightning bugs in the dark. You didn't actually interact with them but it was fun or fascinating to watch.

Children's books can be very whimsical so do not be afraid to put a little imagination and color in to it.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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If you have a phobia of real animals, perhaps you could write a classical mythical type legend about a mythical magical animal such as a unicorn? Or you could invent a whole new animal, with attributes and powers that you admire - with a long quest or voyage for him to complete. That way, you are slightly further removed from the 'animal' in question and from your phobia about it. There are so many famous tales to take inspiration from - Jason and the argonauts, the Greek myths, Beowulf, the legend of Gilgamesh all give ideas for monsters, obstacles and adventures for your mythical beast. Perhaps he has a child to help through a series of unfortunate events - perhaps he becomes a hero - or dies in tragic circumstances. Use lots of imagination!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Well, you don't indicate if you have a phobia of all animals or just some.  Have you ever had pets? If so, did you like them?  For a children's book almost any simple positive story about a pet is a good one.  You can write about the day the family got them and brought them home.  You can write about the silly, funny or aggravating things pets do.  If you haven't had positive experiences yourself, you can write about someone in your family who has.

I assume it can be any animal.  How about a fish? Birds that land in the tree outside?  Also remember that children's stories can use a little fantasy and imagination too.

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