So true about research inspired books – I really love this advice and am now just finding a few more ideas more in the non fiction genre. Thank you.
by Paula Yoo
It’s Day 28 of Tara Lazar’s annual Picture Book Idea Month (AKA PiBoIdMo)! Two more days and you’re done. Best of all, you will have 30 ideas to explore for your next picture book draft… and hopefully, one day, a published book!
For today’s blog, I will walk you through the general process of how I write my non-fiction picture book biographies. Here we go…
1. How do I come up with a non-fiction picture book idea? I do the following:
- KEEP CURRENT: Read books. Pay attention to the news (social media, TV news, newspapers/magazines).
- BRAINSTORM: Brainstorm about your own personal life: hobbies, favorite music/TV/books/etc. You never know what ideas might spark!
- FRIENDS: You never know—a friend might mention something that could spark an idea. For example, I have had friends mention an article they read that would inspire me to jot down a picture book idea…
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