Well, one down and only six to go.
I've drafted my first picture book in the challenge. Now to my housework.
I'm far from an expert, but I like to browse the internet, read articles and books and find out all I can about the craft of writing.
Here are a few tips on writing picture books to help us all in the challenge:
Don't Focus on how your main character looks. Leave that to the illustrator, unless it is integral to the story.
Leave the illustrator space to create the pictures. ( This is hard for me. I want to put in all the colorful and fun descriptions. We need to leave that up to the illustrator. Don't write anything that doesn't need to be written).
Pick your character's name well.
Use the following to help your story:
Onomatopoeia (sound words)
Rhyme (But, if you use rhyme,it has to be perfect!)
Examples of sound words:
Baa Baa, Bam, Bang, Beep, Boing, Boom, Bubble, Buzz, Burp, Babble
Cheep, Crash, Click, Clatter, Cluck, Chirp, Crackle, Clang, Crunch, Cuckoo
Gurgle, Gobble, Gargle, grr
Plunk, patter, poof! plop, pop! pow, plunk, purr,
Ratatattat, rattle, rumble, ribbit
Screech, sizzle, sniff, snort, splatter, splash, squish, snap, swoosh, sputter, splat
Thump, tick-tock, tweet, twitter, tinkle
Whack, whizz, woof, wham! whir,
Run the list off and add more words of your own.
I have a fabric covered bulletin board where I slip tips and story ideas, calls for submissions, and such behind the criss crossed ribbons. It sits by my computer for easy reference.
While writing your stories, you can post writing tips, examples of sound words, etc. on the board to help your creative juices flow.