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: