Ten types of humour PB writers need to know about About a year ago, I started writing funny picture book stories. I’m not sure where this sudden burst of subversive humour came from but one idea soon followed another. After I finished Storystorm 2018 (write down a PB idea a day for January) I had… Read More Finding your Funny Bone
Every year I take part in Storystorm, a challenge to generate 31 ideas in the month of January. At least one a day, or more! Some ideas are no more than a catchy title, some are emotions, and some are common childhood scenarios I’ve never seen in a picture book. Others are a whole paragraph… Read More Idea generation. Picture book writers need to have a lot of story ideas to be published.
On a flight from London to Nice, I came across this article in the inflight magazine and it got me thinking… Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking like a Toddler. It was a review of a book written by Paul Lindley, entrepreneur and founder of Ella’s Kitchen, the company who make those colourful food… Read More Growing Down – Thinking Like Young Children
Despite attending writing classes, which herald the benefits of properly planning a novel, I still dive straight in, ‘pantsing it,’ with only a broad three act overview and a couple of character portraits. Why? Because I’m enthused. I have the dramatic first few scenes in my head and I want to get them down on… Read More Six Reasons to Write a Story Map