Guest post: Rachel McClary

Our guest post today is from Rachel McClary, writer of the excellent Right from the Start blog and contributor to the Huffington Post. She explains how she became involved in a charity book for children.

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Once Upon a Time – Children’s Stories in Aid of Save the Children

A few weeks ago I responded to a request to contribute to a children’s story book entitled ‘Once Upon a Time’ to raise money for Save the Children.

I have always wanted to write for children but have struggled with the inspiration. This was my perfect chance to have a go and raise money for a fabulous cause.  In the book 17 parent bloggers have written short stories for young children. The only rules were that the story should begin with ‘Once Upon a Time’ and should be written in 350 words. I was lucky to already have an idea in mind. This was based on a story I told to my 7 year old when she was afraid of going to bed because she thought she might have bad dreams. It was incredibly difficult to condense this into 350 words . After multiple edits I got it down to under 400 but not quite to the 350 . It made me realise that writing for young children isn’t as easy as it looks.

The illustrations in the book are all provided by our own children – this is my 7 year olds picture that appears with my story.

All the writers have given their services for free so that we can raise as much money as possible. The book looks really beautiful and would be a very special present for a child who loves stories.

For a preview of the book or to order a copy click on this link

http://www.blurb.com/books/2767207

Rachel McClary is an Early Education Consultant and Mother of 3 young girls who blogs at http://rightfromthestart.wordpress.com

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