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Writing Children’s Books is Faster Than Writing Novels

The best part about writing a children’s book is the quickness.

Recently, my business partner\friend and I finished our second children’s picture book, An Eartha & Audi Story.

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From start to finish, the book took roughly 3 months.  It is really cool to have an idea, mold like clay, have Duncan do the color bits (HI, DUNCAN!), slap it into a PDF, and be done with it.

It’s tempting to stick with these children’s books, because, they don’t take me a year or 10 years to write.

The 10 Year Story

Last night, I dusted off a story that I had written maybe 10 years ago.  I read the story, and I felt excited about the story again.  There’s more story to tell, and I’m really happy with what I have so far.

I decided to take what I learned James Patterson’s Masterclass and apply it to this story which I will refer to from now on as “the precious”.

This meant outlining.

First, I tried the James Patterson method which includes a single sheet of paper from a legal pad and a very fancy pen. As I was outlining the precious, I realized that I had a very strong beginning, zero middle, and a one sentence ending.

I thought that maybe the outlining method wasn’t working for me, so I went to the wall with some Post-its and markers.  I wrote down actions stuff in red marker, conflict stuff green marker, love interest stuff in pink marker, and miscellaneous stuff in purple.

I would explain more about this method, but there’s no way that my explanation for this is more interesting than the video that I watched to learn it.

Watch it twice: Once for laughs, once for learning.

(Hide your childrens!  There’s language in the video.)

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It happened again. My Oreo had no creamy center.

A Day or Two of Rest

This process was exhausting.

For now, my Post-it notes and markers are stacked on top of my already typed, very strong beginning, and I think I will let them rest there while I work on another picture book.

Hey! Just a side note: thank you so much for reading.

You can pop over to WE ARE MAKING STORIES to learn about all of the projects that Duncan and I are doing together. The site is kid friendly, and if you sign up for the mailing list, you get free coloring pictures from time to time.

In the Works

Also, I have plans for a comedy serial, science-fiction serial, literary fiction, and much more. The only way I will ever get any of this done is if you hold me accountable.

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.

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