"Emily opened up a new door to my creativity. It was like entering a magical world where I understood for the first time the needs and motivations of my characters." -Vallerie Huyghue
Writing picture books can be an incredible journey, but it's not as easy as some people think! Here are a few guidelines to set you on your journey.
Images, images, images. It's all about the images, which doesn't mean you have to illustrate your book. Quite the opposite. Images are the doorway to the imagination. Words and stories flow more easily when primed by images arising from the imagination.
Picture books are short. The going word count is less than one-thousand words and can be a lot less. However, you might write ten-thousand words before you come up with the final word count!
Don't rhyme or moralize. Any lesson will be best if it comes as a surprise even to you! Many picture books are just funny and silly. That's a great lesson in itself!
Take risks. Trust the imaginative children's book writer in you!
Imagined versus contemporary realistic picture books: The difference is one of emphasis. In Contemporary Realistic the focus is on the problems facing children today. The issues can be anything from friendship, siblings, living with two mommies or daddies, bullying and multiculturalism to belief in self, in angels, fear of the dark, loneliness, death, physical or emotional disabilities and peace.
I'd love to guide you on your journey of writing for children, no matter their age. I've sold five books for children and YA Readers to major publishing houses, and know Children's Book Writing from A-Z.
My programs are for all levels of writers, from beginners to novelists. I work with students across the world through conference calls and Skype. If you live near me in Westchester County, NY, we can meet in-person. Would you like to talk to Emily about any of her programs? Call 914.962.4432
Introductory Session for New Students: $250
Five-Session Coaching Program: $700
Ten-Session Coaching Program: $1200