Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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On Writing Narratives for Picture Books

The last of my write-ups from the Hope Valley Lit Fest:

Alan started using his middle name of James to enable people to Google him: lots of 'Alan Brown's (including other children's authors) but only one 'Alan James Brown'.

Ideas associated with picture books and their narratives:
Rhythmic
Repetition
Clues for artists
Familiar setting
Interactive
(Suspense)/Giving a sense of journey
Happy ending
Circularity (end at start)

Publishers:
tend not to like rhyme
are very picky right now
tend not to finalise contracts until have coedition agreements in other countries

Story books tend to sell better than picture books

Generalised outline:
12 x double-spread, each = 1 scene
500 words approx
Splits generally left to the editor
Introduction, body of story, resolution/ending
Simple narrative: can be very local (or not!)

Illustrated stories are not picture books
Mechanicals are not picture books

Plot:
What do the protagonists want?
What is stopping them?
How do they get around it?

Humour important

Characters:
Children (same age/older)
Often girls (girls read more)
But girls more likely to read about boys than boys to read about girls

Themes:
Friends
Family
Love
Similarities and differences

Always useful to check whether story has been done before.

After all that we srote our stories, and mine can be found here
Tags: for reference, on writing, out and about
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