In the home stretch…

We are now at Lesson 12! I know…this is moving at lightning speed for me too. LOL. But so far we have basically covered the main elements and are now focusing on the story approach…the theme, purpose, etc. for the character. This has made me decide to re-write my book and give my character more of a challenge  (btw after I realized my first PB was going to be w-a-y too long for a PB, I switched to another).

This new book is not new to me but it’s called In Search of Wonderlicious and is about a 6-year-old’s adventure at the library where her mother works. Her normal routine is to go there after school, read books and wait for her mom, but this day is different; this day she sees a book that is forbidden and she wants to read it! Stay tuned.

Lessons and Lessons and Lessons Oh My!

I am SO behind in updating this blog about my PB lessons! We are already on #8 and we are being kept SO busy! So in a nutshell here’s the skinny:

#3 – We had to choose a setting (I already had mine)

#4 – We focused on word count. HARD. My book is w-a-y too long. 😦

#5 – Learned there were all types of PB approaches:

  • Classic
  • Circular
  • Cumulative
  • Familiar Sequence
  • Flip-Flop
  • Parallel
  • Question & Answer
  • Timeline

(I will explain these later)

#6 – We had to come up with 3 different beginnings for our books. I changed my twice.

#7 – We were encouraged to write 3 endings for our picture book. I love my new ending!

We have a lesson everyday and I can only write so much!!! Cya

Lesson 2 – what’s going on?

In lesson two we are admonished to discover just what the real issues are in our PBs.  We are to focus on the type of conflict our character might face by answering questions in our own childhood. such as our worst fears, our most memorable moments and things that made us angry or sad. It’s a great way to conjer up old feelings and get you to thinking about how to use them in a story!

It’s ON!

Finally! The first day of the 30-days-to-my-first-PB-book session has begun! I apologize to those who read my other blog, writeafterwork because I have neglected it so terribly lately. But enough about that. We had our first assignment today and that is to create our character’s personality. This exercise was not new to me since I did something similar for the characters in my upcoming MG book, but it was still helpful because it forced me to really think about my new character, Bo James Jr. Who is he? What does he like/dislike? What is his motivation? So now I can use the additional information I ‘discovered’ about Bo to make adjustments to the story.

More to come!