It’s an oft-accepted rule for children’s stories: the main character (often the child), should be the one to solve the problem.
I didn’t follow that rule.
In writing Myrtle the Purple Turtle, I didn’t think “the child” — Myrtle — should be responsible for solving the problem. In real life, a child who is taunted and rejected has no quick answers, and often no apparent weapons to fight back.
So what did I do instead?