Okay, I wrote a book about one of Ivy's barn cats. He has an attitude down at the barn. Like he's the head honcho and can't be bothered by his two sisters and brother. So I decided it was time to bring him down a notch. Er, in the book. :-) CHARLIE, the BLACK CAT is my little title. It was fun to write.
Writing picture books requires one to use as many different words as possible. Fun words. Action verbs. These days they like the word count under five-hundred words. Quacker is seven-hundred words, but he needed every one of those words to have his story told.
Every picture book has three things in common. Some kind of trouble, the child/animal must solve the trouble without an adult's assistance, and NO PREACHING. And. These stories must have a lasting quality. Today, tomorrow, and forever.
All writers have to remember who we are writing for. Besides ourselves. The children. For me at least.
So send more chocolate for today. And cake too. :-) Three days left. And I'll have seven not stinko first drafts. :-)