So I am new to this, once this is tremendously successful I can perhaps be worthy of giving you advice on how to write a Children’s Book, but for now I will let you in a bit on my creative process.
- First and foremost I bought and borrowed a TON of Children’s books and took notes of what worked, what didn’t, researched statistics on successful books, etc.
- Then I decided on an ending for my book
- I wrote a rough outline for the story
- I created BASIC Character Sketches
- I included a few bullet points for every character (it’s a kids book, we want to keep it simple so there are 8 including the monkey baby, and only 1/2 (or less) of those are major/main characters.
- I gave them each two personality traits, a rough physical description, and a main colour
- I decided whether the book was to rhyme or not (YES!) and then I opened up a thesaurus in one internet window, and rhymezone.com in another.
- I made a list from my favourite children’s books (and from my own inspiration/idea of major characteristics and events in the book) and made a big list of potential words I want in the book and their most kid friendly couplings. Rhymezone also has this cool feature where it searches for a list of these words used in a variety of venues for rhyming (books, poems, movies, lyrics to songs-including current/contemporary artists like my grrl M.I.A) so that’s helpful to see how other people who have been published used the word to rhyme…also an idea of what way overused rhymes to perhaps avoid.
So that was it, before writing the story that was my first major steps in my creative process for writing. Have you ever been published for writing or been commended for your blog posts? What works for you?