The first step you learn in writing is creating a solid outline. Saira helped me by describing what every children's book needs. It needs to send across a message. Not just once, preferably three times. A children's book should be short and sweet to keep their attention. You have to always keep your audience in mind. A children's book should have a happy ending. We want to try to teach them consequences but also keep their innocence. We started the outline with those concepts in mind. Then, we walked through my zoo story once more. I created a small title for each page to remind myself of what would be on each page of the book. I noticed that as she talked, it helped to take notes. So I scribbled down some last minute thoughts at the end of the page as you can see. For me, it helped to start with the final picture in mind. I didn't want to feel lost in this creative tunnel. I wanted to know where this was going to take me. Just remember, the tunnel can lead you on different paths. Follow what feels comfortable. Work should be enjoyable not a chore.
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