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Mel’s Ten Steps for Writing a Children’s Book (Fiction)

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1 Get into the mood.

Bark. Do a little jig. Pour mustard on your head. Whatever helps get your mind #1 (left brain ‘let’s be serious’ rational mind) connected to your mind #3 (right brain ‘let’s have fun’ limbic mind). Find your ‘right spot for silly writing’.

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2 Discover your juxtaposition or create one.

 

Examples from recent books:

Some examples might include:

Adopting a squash as a pet

A first-grader who eats her classmates

A gentle bull in a china shop

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A mouse who frightens a monster

A school’s first day of school

A gentle bull in a china shop

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3 Invent an empathic main character and voice. Does the MC have a pain? A challenge?

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4 Jump into your plot/story. Set the stage early on. “Ervin awoke one morning to discover that he was wearing the glasses of Mr. Gills.”

Mr. Gills, the alligator, was not happy.

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5 Replace ‘wordiness’ with ‘wordiless’. Say it in less (than 500 words). Leave space for the collaboration of the illustrator.

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6 Create anticipation with page turns.

Practise by making book dummies.

 

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7 Spice your story up with irony, humor, rule of three, style, rhyme (for mavens)

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8 Try to bring the story back to the beginning.

 

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9 Find a winning title

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10 Avoid the ‘don’ts’.

Don’t put the ‘moral’ of the story front and center.

Don’t write a picture book because you think you will make money.

Don’t self publish unless you are a self-marketing expert.

Don’t assume that your latest draft will be your last draft.

Don’t expect agents and publishers to line up in anticipation.

Don’t rhyme unless it’s sublime.

 

 

 

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Bonus tip:

Read your story aloud and have someone read it to you aloud.

 

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