It's been a long time since I wrote a blog post but I hope that they will become more regular now that I have chosen to focus on the topic of writing children's books specifically for those of you who wish to write children's books.
Since I have written a few children's books and stories now and been through the process of self publishing two children's books too, I believe I have some knowledge to share with others who may be interested.
So where do you start?
For me the starting point is inspiration. What do I mean by inspiration specifically? I believe there are different types of inspiration but I won't go into the details of that right now. The inspiration I am referring to here is that "First Thought".
The idea that comes to you unbidden from something your children say, an idea in the shower, an idea from a song, an advert, an incident. Anything. From anywhere that inspires you to write a story about it. That's your "Gold". I do not believe in sitting down to write and having to think of a story. That's forcing creativity and I don't believe there are many authors that can write great stories from a place of forcing creativity.
So, having identified your "Gold", write it down. Else you might forget it and there is nothing more frustrating than letting your Gold slip through the cracks in your memory.