Respect your reader. Take them seriously.
It’s the kind of advice we’re all used to hearing, but how many of us actually pull it off. How many of us take “kid things” as seriously as we do fine art?
Here’s an artist who does both. Jeff Gagliardi does a great deal of his art work on the Etch-a-Sketch. He’s reproduced great works of art including the Mona Lisa and Starry Night. He’s spoofed great art in Salvadore’s Deli. In fact, Gagliardi takes it so seriously that he set a world record for the greatest number of people using an Etch-a-Sketch at the same time at Sketch-a-Palooza (see video).
What can I say — he’s just got me noodling. Does my writing have to be SERIOUS to be taken seriously? Award committees would have me think that it does. But movie makers have taken some of the funniest kid’s books and made them into movies. Think Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Honestly, I think that we need both, but I also think that sometimes we take ourselves a bit too seriously. Maybe now’s a good time to kick back and write something just for the halibut.