The Challenges of Writing a Bedtime Story

I had a feeling the challenges of writing a bedtime story would be significant when I decided to do this podcast. Iโ€™m a very lapsed writer, I used to do it a lot when I was younger, but life happens, and career and family and things like sitting down for a few hours become an unbelievable luxury.

So producing a story to quite specific requirements has proved a challenge. I need to fill about 45 โ€“ 50 minutes, it needs to be an interesting enough premise to get people to listen, but not so fascinating that people actually stay awake to hear the end. Also, one hopes it isnโ€™t too annoying for some people to listen to. ๐Ÿ™‚

45 minutes at a fairly slow reading speed is about 5500 words, which as it turns out is a LOT! Part of the premise of this show is also to improvise some diversions, so falling a bit short is fine, but I need to try get close.

Writing a bedtime story every week is going to be tough, I’m honestly not sure I will be able to do it, early on at least. I’ll probably need to alternate with some other content. Deciding on that will be the next challenge.

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