I’ve loved hearing and telling stories of all varieties since I was but a wee lass. From the fanciful to the mundane, science fiction to what happened to Dad at work today, I always had an ear willing to receive a tale. Now that I am older, I am very interested in the structure of a story. Stories shared in the oral tradition of Africa are related in a very different manner than our European beginning-middle-end-Chekhov’s-Gun literature. Poetry relies on rhythm and meter as much as (or more than) formal linguistics. I love a story that surprises me. Where something unexpected, but not completely out of line with the rest of the tale occurs.
Which is why I love Written By a Kid.
Kids know how to tell stories that are more exciting, engaging, and surprising than anything a formally-educated adult can churn out. They aren’t bound by years of conditioning. They know what they like, and into the story it goes. The folks at Written By a Kid agree, and have made a web series in which each week a child relates an original story they have made up. The story is then animated/re-enacted/produced by the WBAK team. These stories are wild and inventive, funny, fascinating, and action-packed. No two are the same! I highly recommend watching them all, but in case you are short on time or kinda lazy here are my favorites from those that have been released so far:
There are a lot of fantastic artists working on these webisodes: designing costumes, animating, and whatever else comes up. If you are interested in that sort of thing most of the episodes have a “making of” featurette to illuminate how the art was developed.
Which do you like best? Did you notice anything you’d like to use more in your own writing?