Brainstorming Actions – How to Write a Children’s Book Book Excerpt

Here is another excerpt from the How to Write a Children’s Book book. To read the previous excerpt which will make this one make more sense, click here:


  1. Ready your writing implements
  2. Set a timer for 10 minutes
  3. List all of the concepts and ideas in your head as quickly as possible.

Tip: Number your document 1 to 20.  

The first ten items you will list will most likely be in two camps: old and used.

The old items are the ones that have been floating around in your head for a while. Getting them out of your head and onto the page will help them breathe.  

The used items will be things you’ve read or seen before online or on television, which is no big deal. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here. It is good to borrow notions from bits of literature or other entertainment that you love, but we do not want to steal or be boring. This is why we number the page 1 to 20.

If you don’t make it to 20, don’t stress out. You can also do a second round of 10-minute brain dumping, but please keep it to only two rounds. Our goal is to finish a thing, which means we have to put some minor limitations on ourselves and our writing exercises.

Thanks for reading this preview section. If you enjoy what you’re reading, you may want to check out the How to Write a Children’s Book course on Skillshare and Udemy.

If you’ve already taken the class, please let other students how it’s going by leaving a review or a comment in the class. If you’ve finished your children’s story, let me know! That’s a big deal! Tell everyone!

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B.A. Burgess

Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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