Kids Live In the Imagination. So Should You!
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 rising up from the imagination.
Picture Books are short. The going word count is less than one-thousand words and can be a lot less. Howevern you might write ten-thousand words before you have a finished manuscript!
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 time to explore children's books in your library and bookstore. Exploring online isn't the same as holding the book and being drawn into the words and illustrations!
Take risks. Have fun! Trust the imaginative children's book writer in you!
"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." Val Huyghue