Children’s stories. Even if we don’t read, we know a basic background about most of them. The one that I want to particularly talk about today is Alice in wonderland and its sequel, through the looking-glass. As I closed the book, I had a smile on my face. My brain had never felt so refreshed, so free, so innocent and so open. This joy wasn’t because I imagined Tweedledum and Tweedeldee as my friends, but because Carroll had put such a fine work through in such simple
words. His stories can be perceived in a lot of different ways.
One of them being as a simple, innocent and childish story book filled with intense amusement. The other could be as a reflection of who he was and perhaps how much he loved Alice Liddell (the girl on whom he based the book). Another ways could be how I understood it – as a parody of life and adults. There were quick replies that I could not understand when I began reading the book because I wasn’t accustomed to them.
In other words, I considered them rude, but keeping with the fact this was, after all, a children’s book, I read on. The books held onto me, even though I didn’t understand the soulful meaning of the story. Lewis Carroll, Dodgson’s alter ego, had been through a lot of pain and wanted to live. That pain is very obvious, but never overwhelming.
However, this was all I wanted to share about the book. Now, let me get to the topic –
Understanding Children’s books and Intuition. This idea struck me when I overlapped the thoughts from Sophie’s World and Alice in wonderland. Children have the faculty of wonder, and that is all that a person needs to be creative.
If a father’s child starts floating one morning, he won’t be surprised because he hasn’t grown accustomed to the world yet. His mother, however, would be shocked because she knows that it is impossible. Alice in wonderland was tough
for me to understand, because I have grown accustomed to the world. Everything has become so usual that I know what will happen next and it is depressing.
When I read Carroll’s book and concluded that I didn’t understand most of it because I had lost the faculty of wonder that I had as a child, I was saddened. I didn’t want to accept it because I know that if I lost my faculty of wonder, I
also lost my creativity and my intuition.
I also concluded that understanding children’s stories and development of your intuition is related through and through. This book is a mesh of disbelief and sarcasm, the book and its language are very plaintive but it gives you a sense of disbelief. Most parts of the books are true to our life, but you don’t quite believe it.
Stories for children are probably the toughest to write, because you have to surprise the child. To surprise the child is not easy because he doesn’t really know the laws that govern our daily lives. So, you have to think ‘out of the box’. You have to make your imagination become as crazy as it can get. You have to be open to as many ideas as you can and be full of possibilities.
Writing a children’s book isn’t easy, in fact it is one of the toughest jobs in the world. When you go ‘crazy’ or ‘mad’ is when you are being creative. I have also seen that intuition works the most when you are working with raw material, when you have ideas in their infancy inside of your head, swarming together like bees. New ideas are born then. Intuition and creativity are the two main raw materials that result in new ideas and I didn’t like the thought that my intuition was dead.
I made a suggestion to myself, to read more children’s book and fewer books on strategies. I make that suggestion to you too, to read more children’s books. Start by reading something as simple as Thumbelina or the 12 dancing princesses. These stories are magical. Children’s stories are gold. They are extremely enjoyable. Do whatever you have to, but don’t be sad because you’ve gotten used to the world.