20 Picture Book Lessons for Grown-Up Writers
Use these pro tips inspired by KidLit to navigate this writerly life from ‘once upon a time…’ to ‘happily ever after’.
1. What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi YamadaEveryone has ideas. But even brilliant ones are just the beginning. True writers don’t just brainstorm. They arrange their days (or nights) to do the work that nurtures, wrestles, and woos ideas into finished stories. 2. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires A girl tries, fails, and flips out. Her dog advises a break. Plans revive. The result is magnificently satisfying. Ideas may refuse to be anchored by mere words. So ground yourself. Relaunch. Let the refreshed writing surprise you. 3. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell Little Louie blissfully skips through his story until he’s interrupted by a series of messes. Try this mantra: I expect issues, find alternatives, and realize the joy of it all. I’m a storyteller with staying power. 4. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown A little bunny flees his steadfast mother who finds her wayward child every time. Keep skittering from that persistent idea. Run as far as you need. Just know it will follow until you acquiesce to write it.