Week of July 22, 2012—Common Problems in Picture Book Manuscripts
Quotes of the week:
The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution.
Laugh at your problems, everyone else does.
I critique lots of manuscripts—and I love it. I belong to two critique groups with a total of twelve members, I critique student writing on a daily basis, I critique the model writing that teachers present in lessons with students, and I have a critique business which brings the manuscripts of picture book writers from around the country (and a few from Canada) to my house on a regular basis.
Critiquing others, makes my writing better. Why? Because it always seems easier to identify a problem in someone else’s writing than in your own! Which reminds me of another quote . . . “If you caught it, you got it.” When I catch the same problem over and over in manuscripts, often it’s an indicator that I have that same problem in my own writing.
This week we’ll look at five of the most common problems I see when I critique picture book manuscripts. (And when I write my own.)
Monday—A Problem with the Problem
Wednesday--Too Much Backstory
Thursday—Talking HeadsFriday—Trying Too Hard