Picture Books

Picture Book Revision Realities

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 8 comments

Picture Book Revision Realities

Just before the holidays I received an email with some wonderful, thought-provoking suggestions from my editor for a new picture book manuscript. Here’s a fun tidbit: The manuscript was 515 words. Her email? 769 words, not counting the salutation and closing :-). I point this out because a lot of times new writers believe that shorter means less work. Sometimes that’s true, but sometimes it isn’t. To be fair, even though her email was longer than my manuscript, her comments only pointed to a few things, with suggestions for how to approach it. She did a great job of...

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Jumpstart #47: Writing prompt

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Jumpstart Mondays, Picture Books | 0 comments

INTRO: Every Monday is Jumpstart Monday so I will be trying out things to help me get into my writing for the week; hopefully these will help you too. Chhhaaanges…So after thinking about this a lot, I’ve decided to stop including my own response to the prompts here. Yes, I’m still doing them myself, but I really want these to be something you can use yourselves without any undue influence by me.And this will get you in the groove for my website overhaul where you can sign up for individual email announcements, including Jumpstart Monday, which won’t have my response...

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Jumpstart #46: Writing prompt

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Jumpstart Mondays, Picture Books | 0 comments

INTRO: Every Monday is Jumpstart Monday so I will be trying out things to help me get into my writing for the week; hopefully these will help you too. Prompt: Identify one thing your character loves and believes s/he can’t live without. Write a few lines, either free writing/brainstorming or an actual scene. My take: Sheridan loves nature and it helped her maintain her sanity, but she gave it up when she became friends with Emma, who made fun of her collection of rocks and driftwood. Sheridan hid them away and eventually forgot about them. But then she comes across them and starts to...

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Jumpstart #45: Writing prompt

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Jumpstart Mondays, Picture Books | 0 comments

INTRO: Every Monday is Jumpstart Monday so I will be trying out things to help me get into my writing for the week; hopefully these will help you too. Prompt: Picture prompt, peeps! Check it out. Work it. My take: I can’t share my take because I’m so excited about the idea, I’m writing a complete picture book! Besides, my website revamp will include different newsletters/emails you can subscribe to and one will be Jumpstart Monday without my take so you can be free to use them on your own. I hope you have as much fun with this picture as I did. Woo hoo! My gratitude to the...

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Writer’s Studio: Finding the Emotional Resonance

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Picture Books, Writer Tips & Tools, Writer's Studio | 2 comments

Last weekend I had the pleasure and honor of presenting at our 2013 Fall Letters & Lines Conference. The session I gave was called “What’s Your Picture Book About? Developing Effective Story Summaries.” One of the most wonderful things about picture books is that there is such a variety of types; not every picture book is a traditional narrative story with a character, a conflict, and a resolution. However, for those that follow this model, I encouraged writers to go deeper and find and exploit the emotional resonance in their stories. Using Maurice Sendak’s Where...

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Writing Picture Books: Inside an Illustrator’s Mind

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Picture Books, Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Last month in my post Writing Picture Books: The Evolution of a Picture Book, I mentioned the lovely and talented artist & illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This week’s post is all about Debbie’s generosity in sharing her work and process. All of you who have been in this for awhile or have attended my classes, know how important it is to let go of the “movie” of your picture book playing in your head so that the illustrator can do his or her job with your text. In her post How I’m Bored Was Created, Debbie walks through the process of getting the manuscript...

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