If you, just like me, had an idea for a picture book in your head for years, then now it’s time to write you picture book! Publishing your own picture book has never been easier! In this blog I give you a few tips about the structure of your picture book.
In picture books, the character, you made up, plays the absolute leading role. The story is a series of problems the main character has to overcome, to achieve his goal. In Charlies first adventure, Charly is terribly bored because he is alone. He decides to go on a journey. The beginning of his journey is great. He meets new friends and discovers beautiful places. But he soon realises that he has to leave all those friends behind when he goes to the next country. Charly comes to a point where he is very sad and no longer wants to be alone. Just before he wants to give up everything and fly back home, he meets Charlotte who wants to stay with him forever. The scenes where the story takes place, the character in your book and the goal that your character wants to achieve, all depends on the target group you are writing for. Children feel most attracted by children’s stories in which the character is slightly older than themselves.
A picture book seems simple written, but the power of a good picture book is the composition of the story. A good story has a beginning, a middle part and an end in which there is action, tension and emotion. Keep the following points in mind while writing your story.
The best children’s book characters stay with you after you close the book. The characters are strongly portrayed, dare to go on adventures and pursue their dreams. Children also want to be brave and fearless, just like the character in the book.
It’s a bit of a dare to do so but some books start immediately at an exciting moment. This can be a scene in which something happens immediately. It can be a description of a separate character in your book. It can be a special scene in which a lot is happening or an intense dialogue between two characters where the problem has been told from the start.
When you use dialogues in your story, be aware that the dialogue is realistic for the age you are writing for. Children like to read a story that sounds like they are having a conversation. Listen how children, you write for, talk to each other. Decide from the start your writing style and stick to it. If you write in the past tense, keep writing in the past tense. If you write in the present tense, hold onto that structure.
In addition to special, unforgettable characters in your story, the storyline is of course also important. Provide enough problems and challenges your character must overcome. Every child wants a happy end and a solution to the problem. When your book has a successful happy end, it is quite possible that your reader will take your book to read it over and over again. You know then you have written a good book!
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