It is that time of year again.
The time of year when we brainstorm and come up with a month of picture book ideas.
The time of year when we let our minds go back to being a child. It is when we sit at our writing desk and let our inner child flow onto the paper and come up with ideas! Some may be great ideas, some may be terrible ideas, but ideas they are. And we must have ideas before we can write the manuscripts. Having ideas is where it all starts.
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Becoming a successful writer for children is more than I have a memory or an idea and I want to write it down.
It is making changes to make your ideas and memories into a story that is good enough to be published. It is being persistent and determined and dedicated.
Sometimes this means changing details that you might want to keep in the story. Sometimes this means thinking outside of the block. Sometimes this means working day and night until your story is just right, or as close to just right as you can get it.
But, it always means being dedicated to making it the best story you can write. It means getting other eyes to look at it. It means being open to suggestions. It means growing and learning each and every day of your writing life.
But, most of all, it means not giving up. Because if you give up, it will never happen.
Writing for children is different than writing for adults. Everyone doesn't have the knack for writing for children. Writing less words, does not mean it is easier, as some people think. But, writing fewer words means each word is very important. You must brainstorm to come up with the perfect words and the best words for your story.
This November, during PiBoIdMo, I hope you come up with that one special idea that makes a great manuscript!