Why does this work and how can it help you?
Often picture book writers are told NOT to rhyme. Agreed, there are challenges to overcome. Challenges like: Is the story serving the rhyme, or is the rhyme serving the story. Are we losing the plot, tension and character arc in the process?
Do not lose heart for these challenges can be overcome.
Here are the "W" questions every story needs to ask.
- Who is the main character?
- Where is the story taking place?
- What does the main character want?
- Why does the main character want this?
Let’s see how these questions are answered with this story.
- Where- A pirate ship
- Wants- To be a pirate
- Why- For great adventure
Nell wants to have great adventures. To achieve her goal, she decides to join a pirate ship. We learn a bit about her character when she brings her almanac. But she is met with one large obstacle in the form of Captain Gnash. All these questions are answered within the first 69 words.
And we want to continue reading, do we not?
So, in the spirit of Nell, I say forge ahead! Don’t let anyone stop you. Write your story in rhyme. Make you character memorable and multi-dimensional. Answer all of the "W" questions in the first few paragraphs.
If someone tells you it is a hard sell to write a certain type of book, maybe it’s because they haven't seen YOUR book yet!