How to Write a Children’s Book Book Excerpt

Mining Continued

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:

  1. You must have more to say on the subject.
  2. You must be interested in writing about the topic.
  3. 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.

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!

The First Section of the How to Write a Children’s Book Book

The How to Write a Children’s Book book is coming along. The book is not yet available for preorder, but the How to Write a Children’s Book course is available on Skillshare and Udemy.

As soon as the book is available for preorder on Kindle and in paperback, I will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy a few previews of the inside of the book right here on the blog.

Hey, there! Welcome to the How to Write a Children’s Story in Seven Days or Less extravaganza!  

I have been told on more than one occasion not to tell you this process will take seven days or less, because it sets unrealistic expectations. Allow me to clarify:

If you schedule the time to write and work on your story daily for the next seven days, you will have a complete story by the end of this experiment of ours. If you miss a day, you will be a day behind, because that is how time works.

Like many things in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  

Also, please note that I keep saying “write” and “writing.” While I will provide you with some technical tips and professional recommendations for having your book illustrated and publishing your book, the seven days or less part of this whole thing is the writing bit.  

If you do not have words on the page, you do not have a book. Do the writing part first. It is the piece of the puzzle over which you have the most control, so do that part first, fast, and now!

End of disclaimer.


I’m Barbara Burgess. I am a multi-genre author with a variety of author voices. My children’s books are written under the author voice Barbara Ann Burgess. You can find those books and others at

I’ve written and published four children’s books, but I have many more written and awaiting illustrations. As I write this, I have twenty-four. In this book, I will layout the system I used to write these books quickly and efficiently.

I know that words like “system” and “efficiently” sound like I am setting out to squelch your creativity, but I promise you I am seeking to do the opposite. There is a lot of freedom in structure. Also, time limits and deadlines, dear friends, are your friends!

If you are still into it, let me tell you more about this book and how to use it.


This book is laid out in the order in which I intended it to be used. Please, stay on the garden path, dear friends.

Because I would like you to experience the magic of finishing a children’s book in seven days, I have named each step of the process Day and the corresponding number of said day.

For some of you, this might feel like too much pressure. To those of you who feel this way, please feel free to imagine the word ‘day’ as ‘week’ and start the project. Thinking about the project is not starting the project.  

I will outline in each section what your tasks are, and then I will give you an example of how to do it.  

In the simplest terms, you will need to read the section, read the example, and then do the steps in the section yourself. It’s like grade school, but more fun.

Okay. If you’re ready, I’m ready. Let’s start with Day One – Brainstorming.

Thank you for hanging out and reading the Welcome section of the How to Write a Children’s Book book. Again, as soon as it is available for preorder, I will let you know! In the meantime, enjoy the courses on Skillshare and Udemy.