Don't misunderstand. I LOVE LOVE LOVE writing children's picture books, it's so very refreshing and I get to be and think like a little kid all over again. It's the best job in the world. (That, and being a mom.) I get to "think" words like, pahlease and phew and poopy and yucky and yippy!! But, writing for kids is very challenging. You have, at best, 300-500 words to tell a whompin' good story. Every single word counts. No superfulous-ness allowed.
Now and then I yearn to go off on a tangent!! To spit words all over the page. Throw them into the corners and folds and outside of the margins. Giddy-up! Yah...
There... I said it.
So... that's why I'm writing a novel.