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Day Three - Summarizing Continued
Chapters 19 to 21 of How to Write a Children's Book: a 7-day Workshop in a Book
We have two more steps to go.
Now that you’ve completed your sales description task, it is time to move into spills. The final two steps in the summarization process are to write two spills.
A SPILL IS A QUICK SUMMARY. Much like the sales description, you want to explain the story, but the goal is to make the story understandable instead of intriguing.
Get from the beginning to the end as efficiently as possible.
WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS, people tend to write a single sentence for the first spill.
MY FIRST SPILL, labeled Spill One in the screenshot, ended up being three sentences long.
Spill One reads like this: Stephen went camping, and now he’s writing a camping guide. While he’s explaining camping things to the reader, we’ll see his dad in the background doing silly things. At the end of the book, Stephen suggests that you, the reader, go camping.
The language is casual and direct. This is exactly how I would explain the book idea to a friend.
DAY THREE - SESSION TWO
Ready your writing implements
Set a timer for 5 minutes
Write the story as efficiently as possible. Use only one sentence if possible.
Tip: Pretend you’re explaining the story to a friend in the simplest terms.
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