Remember being bored in class or the car or on the bus ride home? Someone would break the boredom by drawingdraw hundreds of dots and a game would be begin? One by one you added a line until a box was made and you could claim it as your own.
This simple game is the perfect formula for picture books. Line by line we add words until a story is formed and we can claim it as our own. But fortunately for us, we only need 16 dots.
The first dot is our title, or at least our title in progress.
Dot #2- a scene/fact
Dot #3- a scene/fact
Dot #4- a scene/fact, you get the idea.
Dots 2-16 are individual facts or scenes, moments in your story that you feel are important, that the reader should know.
Then slowly you start connecting them with transitions, links, segues to tie it all together.
Stop killing yourself trying beat Bobby Fisher at chess and return to your school yard games. Make it simple. Start with your 15 facts (these will be your page spreads, page 3, spread 4-5, 6-7, etc) and your story will end with you as the winner.
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