Saturday, November 2, 2013

Writing Tips


 

                Yeah! It's PiBoIdMo time again and this is day two! I hope everyone is fizzing with new picture book ideas!
                And what about NaNoWriMo! This months is totally going to sizzle with ideas!
                 I get my ideas in many different ways. Sometimes I think of a title and then the plot appears and the story grows from there. Sometimes a phrase from a book or the television will present an idea that I can fleshed out into a story.
                 No matter where your ideas come from be sure to jot them down before they're forgotten. And as my friend, Kristen suggested, make yourself a little note so you won't forget the inspiration behind each idea on your list.

                Below is a list of things that may help you stay focused on what’s most important when writing a picture book or a NaNoWriMo novel, it will make sure the correct structure is THERE to begin with. I hope everyone creates lots of picture books this November! Best of Luck!

 

CRITIQUE CHECK LIST

 

1. DOES YOUR STORY START WITH A BANG?

2.  DON’T FORGET TO LAYER WITH THEME, SETTING AND TONE

3.  DOES THE MAIN CHARACTER STANDOUT? IS THE MC QUIRKY, FUNNY OR UNIQUE?

4.  FIRST PARA SHOULD SHOW MAIN CHARACTER, SETTING AND CLEAR CONFLICT

5.   DON’T FORGET STORY AND CHARACTER ARCS

6.   STORY MUST HAVE A BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END

7.   MC SHOULD CHANGE BY THE END

8.    READ FOR UNCLEAR SENTENCES OR WORDS

9.    USE RULE OF THREE  

10.   DOES THE CONFLICT GO FROM BAD TO WORSE AND FROM WORST TO WORST OF ALL?

11.  DOES THE STORY END WITH A SURPRISE OR TWIST?

12.  DOES THE UNDERLYING THEME COME THROUGH CLEARLY?

13.  WILL THIS STORY APPEAL TO BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS?

14.  WILL THEY WANT TO READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN?

15.  NOW IT’S TIME TO TIGHTEN & SHINE

16. YEAH! YOU’RE READY FOR A CRITIQUE!

 
 
 
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2 comments:

  1. Nice list. That's all there is to it! What could possibly go wrong??

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  2. Thanks, Genevieve! Oh lots of things could still go wrong but if you have a plan or sorts, you have a much better chance of getting it right:)

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