Writing a children's book about childhood obesity
(South Wales, UK)
A head full of ideas but an empty page in front of me!
My name is Craig and I am a qualified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist. I have actually written an ebook, but it's not that particular book I am writing about today.
Childhood obesity book
I would like to just tell you a little about myself in the hope that you will understand where I am coming from. I am extremely passionate about people's health and fitness and in particular the rate at which obesity is growing around the world. That is why I am actually making it my personal mission to make obesity obsolete!
The funny thing is, I actually believe I can achieve that! I'm not crazy by the way, or maybe there is a very fine line between crazy and passionate!
I have a mission statement that I use and which I wrote myself. I hope you don't mind me sharing it with you. Here goes:
To change the world we have to change minds. To change minds we have to change hearts. To change hearts we first have to open them up to the possibility of change.
Hopefully there is enough in that statement to make you fully understand what it means, if not, then I will happily explain it fully if requested.
Anyway, I will get to childhood obesity as the subject of a book, I promise.
I believe that prevention is better than cure, and in the case of obesity we need to prevent the younger generations from evolving into obese adults, because, sadly, that is the way the trend is going!
However, this can be changed, and the only way we are going to change it is by educating children! I don't mean forcing it upon them in an uninteresting, mind numbing way that lacks excitment and engagement. I mean fun, engaging and exciting education that will not only get children to think about their health but also make them decide to change it for themselves!
The reason I say that is because, we are currently facing an obesity epidemic; child obesity is at the highest it has ever been, so parents obviously aren't doing the greatest job in the world.
If we can get the children to have a change of heart about the food they eat and the activity they take part in, they can then work with their parents to change their hearts. It works hand in hand.
So, to my point...finally!
I have an idea, a great idea, that can change children's minds about food, exercise, health, etc. I know this because my children have been extremely responsive to this idea! I have been using this concept to help my children.
This idea can be adapted into a book series, TV programme, roadshow and more. I have created the characters, who are extremely inventive and relative, and they really engage my son - to the point that he requests a piece of fruit at different times throughout the day because the main characters in the story do so too!
Here's my dilemma: I have the characters, I have the ideas on where to take them, I have the expertise and knowledge on the subject matter. I even have the creativity. What I lack is the writing expertise and even, to an extent, the time!
Is it possible or advisable to join forces with an established writer/author and work together on said project to bring this to reality? My thinking is, an established writer/author will already have the publishing contacts - therefore taking that part of the process out of the equation - and obviously the writing experience.
I am willing to work 50/50 with someone on this, because my main aim is to try and stop an obesity epidemic and not so much do it for financial gain!
I apologise for the very long post, and I look forward to some insightful responses.
TFL Coach (Craig)