How to Write a Children’s Book Book Excerpt

Another one thousand words towards to the How to Write a Children’s Book book in the bank today.

Here’s another excerpt for you:

Mining for Ideas

You might have felt like you could have done more after the brainstorming segment, and you’re right. There is more beneath the surface of your ideas and concepts. To get there, we need to do a little mining.

MINING

In this step, we will start to figure out which ideas and concepts have legs. You might have an item on your list that you are passionate about or one that is your favorite.  You may be tempted to work only on that idea, but what mining will show us is that being the favorite or most interesting does not always matter.

To mine your list, you will need to read over it and add in little details about each item on that list. Some items on your list will prompt single word details like colors, smells, or locations. 

You may come across an item on your list that yields nothing extra. When you come across items like this, ask yourself your favorite five questions from every English Literature class you’ve ever taken: who, what, when, where, and how. Answer as many of those questions you can, and then move on to the next item.

Being fast is essential. This is not a time to linger. To ensure you do not set up camp here, you’ll need to set a timer for ten minutes. You have ten minutes to fill in story details in an efficient way. Here and now,  punctuation is not important. Spelling doesn’t matter. Typically, no one will see this phase of your work, so do not be precious.


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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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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