Can you think of some catchy book titles?
From Darcy Patterson:
I’m always reminded by the opening sentence of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.”
What questions could we ask about the main character that would help us understand him/her, feel empathy towards him/her? Let’s make a list
Creating empathy for the protagonist (and to an extent, the agonist as well) is a real challenge. What makes us love Bemelman’s Madeline so much? What is the secret sauce of “Finding Nemo”, “Lion King”, “Casablanca”?
From “Writing Picture Books” by Ann Whitford Paul:
…we want our characters in our stories to be:
In a good book, the plot makes us eager and curious to wonder what will happen on the very next page. Kind of like a TV series.
There is nothing like hitting the ground running. What is special about your story that you can convey very quickly to your audience?
Time of day? Season of year? When Grandma was a little girl (whenever that was)?
Amusing yourself by writing a story is actually a very good reason. If you are still amused after you have written it.
Good endings have a twist. They are surprising, unanticipated and rewarding.
It’s not just about the words at the end of the line. Rhymes have to have a rhythm pattern, and unless you are a musician, a poet, or particularly gifted, it’s hard to master this craft.
Publishers are wary of taking on rhyming books because they are so hard to translate well.
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