You Can Do This
Chapter One of How to Write a Children's Book: a 7-day Workshop in a Book
When I wrote my first children’s book, it took me around nine months to finish it, which was embarrassing, considering it was a 32-page picture book.
I am telling you this because when you finish your first children’s book in roughly seven days, you will likewise feel embarrassed that it took you this long to start writing. It’s just part of the process.
Writing of any kind is a process.
It took me three children’s books to get my system down. Now, I can turn out a new children’s book ready for illustrations and publication in seven days or less.
IN THIS BOOK, I’ll teach you how I do that. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to do it too.
The thing I’m not supposed to tell you.
I’ve mentioned twice that writing a children’s book will take about seven days to complete, and we are only on the first official page. It has been suggested to me by well-meaning people that I should not tell you about any timeline, because not all people will be able to accomplish the goal in that time frame.
But, I think they’re wrong. I think you can do it. I know that life can get in the way sometimes, but some of these writing days only require ten minutes of your time. There are also longer days, but nothing too demanding.
In short, I think you can do this in seven days or less. However, life can sometimes surprise you with things like an unplanned visit from family, overtime at your day job, sickness, etc. If that happens, you’ll miss a day or two—no big deal. You can always pick up where you left off.
However, I encourage you to write fast and to stay within the seven-day structure if possible.
I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from “How To Write A Children’s Book: A 7-Day Workshop In A Book”.
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