Today’s five words are about flowers.
1. Careful – Always be careful around the flowers. Don’t stomp all over them with your big clumsy paws. Don’t lie down on them with your chubby belly. And don’t eat them!
2. Colorful – The flowers are as bright and perky as a good story. Stories should have lots of color, just like the garden, along with some pretty words, unexpected surprises, and pictures that stick in your mind.
3. Plan – Sometimes people like to plan how their gardens will look. Sometimes they just mix up flowers everywhere at random. Writers are like that too. There are planners and people who write with no plan in mind. Mom is not a planner.
4. Smell – Flowers smell yummy. But don’t eat them!
5. Seeds – Flowers grow from tiny seeds, just add water, sun, and soil. Stories grow from seeds, too. The tiniest seed of an idea can become a story when you add imagination, time, and work… And compelling characters, conflict, humor, a fun setting, action, playful vocabulary, unexpected twists, a satisfying ending, and about ten million other things.
6. Mulch – Sometimes flowers have mulch around them. Don’t eat the flowers, and also, don’t eat the mulch even if it looks like bacon.