WRITE BIG OR GO HOME
When writing picture books, in the end, word count is king. Shorter is better…as long as it serves your story well. But how do you know you’ve got ‘the right stuff’ in place before you start paring away? That’s where the huge benefit of writing big in your early drafts comes in.
It’s best to forget the box in which your story will exist—the picture book format—when you begin drafting the settings, plot line and characters. Think of your draft as one very large brainstorm. No one will read it but you.
Begin where your inspiration brought you: that scene, image, concept. Write it out. Can you reduce it to a sort of mission statement for your story? There’s your guiding principle. Tack it up on a wall by your keyboard.Read More