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My Storybook Process (Part 2): creating new characters

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series My Storybook Process

As I hit week two of creating the first Bunny and Witch storybook, there are already things that I’m creating and then throwing out. The part of me that created the stuff that goes in the trash is just going to have to accept that. This week is about the first stage of finding the characters I want in these books. The idea of them doesn’t quite exist yet.

Writing Details: get from blah to awe

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Devil in the Details

There’s a fine line between giving readers the details they need to more fully experience a story and overloading them with more wordage than they really want. So how do you as the writer figure out what is working and what is garbage? Here’s just ONE really sharp way to go about it.

Writing Awesome Dialogue

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Power Up Your Dialogue

Here are 10 reasons writing dialogue and talking are not at all the same thing. Get tips on what to avoid and what to do when you want to write strong dialogue that moves action forward while revealing character.

Story Adaptation: getting your book to the stage

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Theatre

Adapting a storybook manuscript for a stage performance is a great way to test your dialogue, characters and story on an audience before you publish. Here’s how and why I love directing Kids Theatre.

An Interview with Sheryl Hershey

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series GSB Interviews, Interesting People

Sheryl Hershey’s debut children’s book, Lila and the Dandelion, has encouraged hearing children to learn sign language, it has invited teachers to use the book inside their classrooms, and most recently, Nick Baker, a talented musician (who is autistic and blind) is currently writing a song about Sheryl’s book. Find out in this interesting talk with Sheryl what it is she is doing right!

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