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. I’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 – 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 isn’t too annoying for some people to listen to. 🙂

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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