I have to write a "rock story". See more details below. I would start with a sentence like "Sing to me oh muse, the story of …" The object is to write a children's "book" about rock and how it...

I have to write a "rock story". See more details below.

I would start with a sentence like "Sing to me oh muse, the story of …" 

The object is to write a children's "book" about rock and how it follows the rock cycle. I should be creative in writing the story, but it must include my knowledge of the rock cycle. I have to incorporate weathering and erosion, deposition, compaction, volcanic action, intrusive vs. extrusive, metamorphism, and any other term mentioned in the ESRTs (Earth Science Reference Tables). There should be at least 2 "pages" for each rock type. A page can be like 2 sentences if I want. 

I would start with a sentence like "Sing to me oh muse, the story of …" 



pbjessop | Student

This is a great idea! .You need to know that your ‘book’ will need many (many) drafts. Every draft will get better as your mind/brain will be gaining momentum and the creative process will be improving with every attempt.  Kids’ literature requires the same concentrated effort, the same careful language use and the same attention to detail as does any literature.

You need to be clear on who your audience is esp. age range.  Let’s say 7-10.  Kids before the age of about12, don’t get metaphor in writing and will not  be strong on interpreting symbolism.  Their skills of literary analysis are still in the very early stages. While you might want to include those writing styles, but do not write so the progression or the meaning of your story depends on them.  I think this adds unnecessarily to your task.

I think the opening line you offer in your question is a little mature. It is interesting and cool, but it is asking too much of a kid to understand ‘muse” and ‘singing’, metaphorically which you require. I think you have enough on your hands just getting the required elements down. Make it easy on you and the kids – start at the beginning.

A straight line direct plot with some humour will be most effective. Would you tackle rhyming – kids love rhyming and it is a great learning aid.  While using specific terminology, you need to define or make your pictures/drawings/illustrations/graphics do a lot of the work for you.  Let your illustrations be a big part of your writing-kids (like adults) love visuals that are meaningful and enhance the text, adding further meaning.

Any story needs a beginning, middle and end. And you need to decide on a timeline.  Given the subject, I am guessing you will have to pass millennia with the turn of a page.  (time flies!)The quest idea is great – and it is a natural idea for the conflict the rock will have to experience as every story needs to test its character to leave the reader impressed. When we talk about conflict we are not talking physical fighting but challenges, trials, tests; the character, Rock coming against something (versus) that threatens it in some way, big or small; events or incidents that place Rock at some risk. A quest journey presents the perfect conditions for this-good idea. You need to be clear what the end goal (quest) is at the beginning of the story so your readers can feel the suspense of attainment – will Rock get what it wants? This is very valuable writing tool to keep your reader engaged.  A conflict might be getting crushed by a massive human foot and hurting; getting  lost out of somebody’s pocket and feeling alone; being ignored on the roadside and feeling hurt. Or, Rock’s fear of facing volcanic heat, or Rock’s worrying about erosion and its resulting new shape, colour.

 As I key here, I am thinking about how much I love rocks in my garden and how beautiful I find them.  Perhaps your rock can be hoping (on a quest for) beauty, to be beautiful with varying shades of colour and some sparkle. Perhaps it goes through the cycle hoping each stage will make it more beautiful.  By story’s end, you might have the rock realizing that it’s inner beauty, its own sense of worth and its own sense of purpose are all the beauty it needs – a good lesson for kids along with your factual content.

Writing a story is going to take longer than you could ever think possible…have fun, enjoy the process – it is creativity at its finest.

deem1510 | Student

I was thinking of making it a parody of the odyssey, like the rocks on a quest. Do you think it's a good idea? If so, how should I write it?