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Day Three - Summarizing Continued...Again
Chapters 22 & 23 of How to Write a Children's Book: a 7-day Workshop in a Book
You should be feeling pretty comfortable with the direction and flow of your story now. To wrap up the summarization stage, you will need to write one more spill. This time, the goal is to tell the story to entertain.
Once again, imagine you are telling the story to a friend, one of your own children or a child in your life, and tell the story in a way that allows them to follow and understand it.
This spill, Spill Two, is going to be close to your actual story in length and execution.
Looking at my second spill in the screenshot, you will immediately notice it is longer.
Some children’s picture books have fewer words than what I’ve typed in this section. This is good. It means I have some story to work with, and I have text that will inform images later.
Also, your writing voice is getting established in this spill, because you have to know exactly who you are attempting to entertain with your story.
DAY THREE - SESSION THREE
Ready your writing implements
Set a timer for 10 minutes
Write the story as if you were telling it to a child in your life. Take them on the journey and write to entertain.
Tip: Doing this spill aloud is very helpful. Feel free to call someone and explain the story to them, taking notes where they ask questions or laugh.
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