I’m taking Rick Walton’s online picture book class. If any of you are interested in writing picture books, he is a wonderful teacher and the class is so great. Rick can pull good writing out of you that you didn’t know was inside you. He has a great gift.
I’ve been reading Eve Bine-Stock’s “How to Write a Children’s Picture Book” Vol. 1 on Structure. It’s really good. I’m going to the library today to get some picture books and break them down according to her outline.
She suggests that three sections:
Act 1 Beginning
Plot Twist 1
Act 2 Middle
Plot Twist 2
Act 3 End
I’m trying to check out several books she suggests and see if I can fit the plot into her plan.
Everyone knows Goodnight Gorilla
Act 1 Beginning – Gorilla steals keys
Plot Twist 1 – Gorilla starts to open cages
Act 2 Middle – Night Watchman’s lack of reaction to animals following him
Midpoint – Wife says “Good night” (focus shifts from the night watchman
to the wife’s reaction to the animals
in the bedroom
Plot Twist 2 – Gorilla follows wife home
Act 3 End – Gorilla sound asleep
Fun concepts, huh? Check out some of your favorite books and see if they fit this structure. Let me know what you think. I’m off to the library to check out picture books.
Have a great week. Christy