I've been writing children's books for a long time now.
I've gotten pretty good at remembering to think like a kid.
But sometimes I forget.
Because I'm not a kid.
Recently, I was putting away my WIP for the day when I happened to scan a page.
I had written:
Stella watched as Levi and C.J. and Jiggs headed in one direction and Mutt in the other. She definitely smelled a rat. But she was tired and hungry and wanted to go home.
And it hit me....
A kid gets tired when she's in the department store with her mother.....
A kid doesn't get tired riding her bike.
So I changed it.
But she was hot and hungry and wanted to go home.