Illustrate That Story!
How to Create an Illustrated Life Story for your Family
How do great authors develop stunning narratives, break away from tradition and move the form of fiction forward? They take whatever basic idea they've got, then move it away from the typical. No matter your starting point—a love story, buddy tale, mystery, quest—you can do like the great innovators do: Bend it. Amp it. Drive it.
Creating an Illustrated EBook
Daddy, I Can't Sleep author Alan Durant gives his top tips on creating a picture book that kids will want to read again and again. You might think that picture books must be easier because they are so short. The first thing you need to write a story is an idea. If you have young children or grandchildren , keep a notebook handy and jot down things they say and do and are interested in. Ideas often spring up this way.
Next time your child asks you to read a story, tell her that today you want her to tell you a story instead. Use one of these Young Writers Workshop pages to help her get started. If your child can't write yet, offer to write down what she tells you. As she creates the story, you may have to help her a little the first time or two. If no one asked her to make up a story before, she may need to practice this new skill.