I have 30 new ideas for picture books.
How about you? How many ideas do you have?
Now that we have our ideas - we write.
We should try to:
Pick the perfect words - the perfect character - the perfect place.
But, keep it under 500 words and don't be preachy.
Be original. Put a new twist on an old story.
Show and don't tell, please.
And, do not write in rhyme - unless you are very, very good at it.
(I must admit that I don't always follow my own advice.)
Revise, revise and revise.
But, most of all, write the story that will have kids saying, "Read it again! Read it again!"
It is not easy. But, nobody said it was going to be. Except for those people who think anyone can write for children, because the stories are so short and the readers are so young.
But, we know better.
So, let's get to work. I know we can do it.