Years ago someone critiquing my writing style told me I should try to make my pieces less “chicken soupy”. That critic was right on the money. My writing does have a certain “chicken soupy” quality and to prove it I’ve just had my fourth story published in one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
This time my story is in a book called My Amazing Mom and I’ve written a story about my own amazing mother. I am grateful to my Mom for so many things but my story is about the wise and gentle way she introduced my sister and me to the ‘facts of life’ by reading us the book Susie’s Babies which tells the story of a mother hamster giving birth. My sister and I were ages nine and seven at the time and after she read us the book Mom told us she was going to have a baby too and we could ask her any questions about it we wanted to. She also explained what would happen to us as we became young women . It wasn’t till I was older that I realized not nearly all mothers in the 1960s were so open and honest with their daughters and how very lucky I was to have a mother who was.
I enjoy writing Chicken Soup stories and usually have at least one I’m in the process of working on. Not all of them make the cut from the thousands submitted for each book, but Susie’s Babies is the fourth one that has and that’s enough to keep me penning in my “chicken soupy” style.
My Other Chicken Soup Books…….