The story is complete! - Part 5

The overall story for my very first children's book is complete!  There are still some big areas where people are voting on to determine what happens next so be sure to sign up below to be included in the list that gets our exclusive survey's.  

When I set out to write the book it took a little while to land on how exactly I would tell it.  Would I write in paragraphs or use just a few short sentences?  1st person or 3rd person, is there a narrator or is it all dialogue?   With so many choices there is real power in putting limits on things.  So how could I help myself and put limits on this story?  Just like when we were kids, sometimes the best answer comes in a Dr. Suess Book:

How many unique words are in Green Eggs and Ham?

It turns out there are 50.  Dr. Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) was given a challenge by his publisher to write his next book using only 50 words.  Dr. Seuss did that and Green Eggs and Ham went on to be his most successful book and currently ranks as one of the top 5 selling children's books of all time.  Last year the University of California put out a great quick video about his process:

 So inspired by Dr. Seuss I didn't but limit on the words that I would use but I did decide that the story should rhyme.  This actually helped with the entire writing process because it forced me into a certain structure.  Here is a sneak peak into the first 5 pages:

There once was a dinosaur named Alfred
He was scary and mean, the other dinosaurs said.
He would roam around the land, looking for those to play
A very special game that he was playing this very day.

In the distance he saw the Triceratops named “Tri”
He snuck up behind her, hiding behind a bush nearby.
“ROAR”, Alfred yelled with all of is might.
Terrified, Tri ran, till she was out of sight.

Rolling on the ground, Alfred laughed with joy
He had been playing this game, since he was a little boy.
Rain or shine
Sleet or Snow
Alfred would play with every single dinosaur
He had come to know.

Now dinosaurs are very similar to me and you.
They don’t like games that are fun for one
But not two
You see more and more and more
this game Alfred would play.
More and more and more
Alfred’s friends went away.