Friday, January 25, 2013

PBDummy Step 2

Not yet a participant?  Here's more info.
I hope you've been following the PBDummy challenge.  If you have, then your story should be underway.  If you're behind, then it's time to get started on your manuscript.  There's still plenty of time to write and polish.
As always, you can stop by KidLitArt or Dog-eared Sketchbook for ideas on how to get started.  If you're in need of a bit more tinder, maybe these thoughts from Pat Mora will spark something.

  1. Remember your child-self, your feelings, childhood memories, worries and pleasures. (Most picture books are for 3-10 year olds.)
  2. Create your writing time and mull--about what to write, about how to write it, about how to be daring. Among your key resources are your love of stories and language, your spirit, imagination and persistence.
  3. Be welcoming of your writing. Welcome your ideas as you would welcome a guest. Resist thinking negatively about
  4. Read picture books both old and new.

I won't be posting my work online, as I'm hoping to see it published, but I will say I'm tackling a rhyming text.  WHAT AM I THINKING?!?  I do not recommend poetic text unless you're really good at it.  I am not, but no matter how many times I write this story, it inevitably comes out in rhyme.  Who am I to argue with my muse?

If you need some poetic inspiration, try these classics:
Piping Down the Valleys Wild
Ed. Nancy Lamb

Side By Side
Poems to Read Together
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Sheep In A Jeep
Written by Nancy Shaw
Bear Snores On
Written by Karma Wilson


  1. I've heard that editors hate rhyming texts, but I have to say that kids I read to LOVE it -- even my tough almost grown 10 year-olds love a rhyming good story. So if you get discouraged, read it to a child, you'll get your zing back. :)

    1. Thanks, Joy. I think you're right. I would say editor's hate POOR rhyming texts. I'm definitely aiming for zing-y instead.


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