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I CAN FIX IT - YES I CAN


I have been home from my writing retreat for close on two weeks now and I have spent a lot of time thinking about my picture book project. Thinking and pre-writing. Maybe pre-revision-writing is a more accurate term. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my process with you. I started off with an analysis phase - the what's wrong and why and how to fix it.

THINGS I NEED TO FIX

 

1.                  CHARACTERIZATION:

-          give the reader reasons to care about the main character

-          make MC memorable

-          give MC flaws so that he can grow

-          Cynthia Lord gives her character’s three traits that she doesn’t admire so that she can hurt them

 

2.                  VOICE

-          use voice and word choice to make MC memorable

-          voice should be engaging, arouse emotion, reveal MC (or his emotional mood) and match the intended audience

 

3.                  PLOT

-          episodic – create smoother transitions to link and develop these “episodes” so that the story flows and isn’t so anecdotal

 

4.                  PACE

-          there is no build just one event after another

 

5.                  CONFLICT

-          things going wrong for mc but no character growth because he has no flaws
 

 

 THE 1-2-3 OF HOW I LEARNT WHAT NEEDED TO BE FIXED:   (because I like to give credit where credit is due)
 

NESCBWI “Many Voices” 2009 Conference

1.         Manuscript critique by Mark McVeigh
2.         Keynote address: Cynthia Lord

3.         Picture book workshop by Toni Buzzeo and Jen Ward

 

 

I have my work cut out for me, don’t I?  At least I have a plan.

 

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kellyrfineman
May. 14th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Brilliant.
angeladegroot
May. 14th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
It must be the company I keep.
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angeladegroot
May. 17th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
And you can too!

I ate broccoli with dinner on Friday and thought of you.
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(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Angela -

Congratulations on being a Five Randoms finalist! I've linked to all the finalists' blogs from mine at http://bqdell.blogspot.com/2009/05/five-randoms-hook-contest.html .

Your book sounds -- horrifying. :)

Good luck!
- Barb (Spinning Coins)
angeladegroot
May. 23rd, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats and good luck to you too!
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