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.

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.

Interested

 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!

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!

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: https://hellothisisbarbara.com/2020/04/22/excerpt-from-how-to-write-a-childrens-book-book/

Enjoy!


  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!

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.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

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 https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com/books

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 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.

How To Write a Children’s Book in 7 Days or Less – THE BOOK

Here’s a little preview of the opening of the forthcoming How to Write a Children’s Book in 7 Days or Less book!


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 to not tell you this process will take seven days or less, because it sets unrealistic expectations.  Allow me to clarify:

If you schedule time to write and work on your story daily for the next seven days, you will have a finished 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.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I’m Barbara Burgess.  I am a multi genre author with a variety of author voices.  My children’s books are written under author voice Barbara Ann Burgess.  You can find those books and others at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com/books

I’ve written and published four children’s books, but I have many more written and awaiting illustration.  As I write this, I have twenty-four in fact.  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 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 to you experience the magic of finishing a children’s book in seven days, I have named each step of the process Day and corresponding number of said day.

I understand for some of you this will be too much pressure.  To those of you who feel that 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 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.


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