In the last excerpt from the How to Write a Children’s Book book, I walked you through the first part of the mining process.
In this section, we move on to the second part of mining which is one of the most important parts of the writing process: choosing.
Here’s another excerpt for you:
To continue the mining process, we are going to – dare I say it – choose only three. Only three items on your list will make it through to the next round. But, dear writer, you cannot just choose your favorites. Oh, no. They have to meet certain criteria.
The items you select from your list must meet the following criteria:
- You must have more to say on the subject.
- You must be interested in writing about the topic.
- It must be easy to write.
More to Say
During the continued mining session, you might have found yourself spending more time on one item than the others. The details came you to quickly and easily. You may have even stopped filling in the details because there were far too many. If you had an item like that, choose it to move on to the next round. You clearly have more to write about this item.
If you found yourself thinking about a particular item after your ten-minute mining session concluded, you might have another candidate to move on to the next round. Perhaps, you wrote something on your list that is an area of expertise for you or is a hobby of yours. If it can easily be translated into teachable content for children, then bingo! It makes it to the next round.
Easy to Write
The subject of your book must be easy for you to write. If there is research or planning involved in an item on your list, skip it for now. You’ve got your whole life to work on the other items, but right now is your time to finish a book.
Choose the items that feel like you could write it in a day. Find the story subjects that seem to write themselves. Those make it to the next round.
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!