Find a picture in a magazine or online.Really look at that picture the colors, movement if any, the description of the characters if there are any. Really look at that picture. How does it make you feel, happy, sad or nothing? Now take out your journal and write 200 or less words describing that scene or picture.Describe everything using poetic words to describe the scene or object. Famous authors are known for their poetic description of scenes or objects. One that comes to mind is Maeve Binchy. Her description in her books, made you feel you actually see the image through her writings.
1. Looking at the title on the spine to see if the title attracts you.
2. Pulling the book out off the shelf and looking at the cover. The book cover is a great selling point to make you want to read it or not.
3. Reading the synopsis to see if that interests you
4. Maybe a friend, teacher or another book... told you about the book
5. It's an author you just love
6. Maybe it's a book you read already but you want to read it again and again.
7. It's one in a series. Series are like potato chips you cannot eat just one.
8. The book was made into a movie. You watch the movie and you now want to read it in book form. The book to me is always better compare to a movie. That's my own opinion.
9. Maybe it's a subject that you are interested in. I love reading about books and bookstores so I go more for books on this topic.
I hope the 9 ways to choose a book to read will make you want to pick one one and fall in.
Have you ever thought about writing a picture book? One of the struggles when I started writing for children was to keep the word counts down. Usually a picture book should only be 200 and 1,000 words. Theory has it too many words... a child's attention wouldn't last. In our society of overkill of too much information even adults prefer shorter writings to longer. How to get started:
First what's upmost is just sit down and write down what you want to say. Take a break. Get back to your writings. I like to use Microsoft and do a word count immediately to check out word count. If I am over 1,000... that is when I start cutting out words and visualize what that scene would look like as a picture. Be creative. See if using shorter sentences would work. Get to the point quicker with less words. Like my Mom always said, "Stop going around and around the block... just stop and get to the point." Same goes to writing. Do not describe to the point of overkill. Just get to the point. Some writers use thoughts or characters speaking using balloons with short expression over the characters head. This is when I start sketching out the scene. It is amazing how you can tell so much more just in a picture. This is where illustrators come into play. Instead of using words to describe an action or emotion draw your point of view. A picture can show more compared to lengthy descriptions or wording. Again, take a word count. If you brought it down... GREAT. If you still have too many words. Maybe your story just needs that wording. Every writer has their own way of writing. Find your niche and stick with it. The best fan is you yourself. If you feel you cut too much. You feel you would lose the whole story, if you cut any more… stop cutting. Just go with what you have. If you are still worried about word count have a child read it or friend. See what they think of your story. If they like the story do not change a thing. I hope this article will help you get started to write your own picture book.
I am part owner of this book. I am a person or company that prints and distributes printed material. I have the say what goes in and out of this book. I am called a __________.
What are two adjectives you would love people to use when they describe you? Why did you choose these two special words? Please explain...
I am an artists/designer who creates the drawings in a books.I can use one medium (watercolors, photographs, collages, etc..) or combination of two or three. I can put one or two pictures or have a full book of pictures. What do you call me _____________.
This week journal writing is two folds. This exercise is about fiction (fake not true story) and non-fiction (not fake a true story). Write 200 words or less what your day was like. Be detailed on what you actually did throughout the day. This would be your non-fiction story. Now turn to another page and write about your day again but this time be more creative by using your imagination. Add fictional characters or events that didn't happen so to make the fictional day be more exciting and fun. After you finish both non-fiction and fiction day compare them both.This exercise can sure be entertaining and fun to turn a slow boring day into one big exciting adventure. Try it today. Until next week for the next journal writing exercise.
Author,Artist and Illustrator. Self Published author of eBooks and videos. Plus I do artwork on assignments and teach classes.