How to create a children's book

Know your characters:

From The Cat in the Hat to Cinderella, the best children’s characters are unforgettable. Make sure you understand each of your cast members and can give them all one or two clear personality traits that will make them understandable to a little reader. This will also help in the illustration process.

The Plot:

Create a diagram of your plot’s journey across the course of the book. From exposition to rising action to falling action to resolution (a typical plotline), you should have a clear, if general, view of the action before you start.

The Test(s):

We don’t mean you should get stupid (unless that helps your creative process, that is). We mean putting together, on paper, a rough sketch of your book. Pencils, pens, crayons, paint, cut-out illustrations—whatever you need to get a good picture. Use this time to decide how much text (as opposed to illustration) you want to use to tell your story, and how that text should be placed—and paced. You’ve got a whole page to work with when you’re building a book with Blurb, so be creative (but make sure it still makes sense).

The "edge of your seat" action:

Make sure you have an idea of how you’ll build anticipation, page by page. You don’t like to be bored yourself, so imagine how much it takes to entertain a child. Decide how you’re going to keep things exciting enough that they’ll have no choice but to turn the page to see what happens next.

And they lived...

As you’re wrapping things up, make sure the last page leaves the story on a high note. Call back a much-used phrase, deploy a hilarious twist, or set your characters up for their next adventure. Just make sure you leave ‘em smiling.

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