Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul

Food to eat while reading: Nuts and Bolts trail mix

Read the synopsis here.

What I liked:

The author has an easy style that makes reading a how-to book pleasurable, in fact, I set aside my current novel to read it.

Each chapter has an exercise that you can use to strengthen your work in progress, using the tools from that chapter.

This book allowed me to look at all of my WIP with a fresh perspective. The writing advice Paul gives is universal and helped me look more simply at the YA novel I am working out.

Paul gives picture book examples to help illustrate each writing tip.

I love the instruction on the rhythm in words and how poetry can help us with our prose.

What I would have changed:

Nothing, really. It’s a pretty straight-forward book with great advice.

The verdict:

Aspiring writers who have no idea where to begin will devour this book, and those who are looking for a fresh way to spruce up their writing will benefit from the exercises.

Purchase: Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication

Genre: How To

Publisher: Paperback, 256 pages

Published June 2nd 2009 by Writers Digest Books

Where I got the book: Amazon


  1. So happy to hear about this book-- I have several picture book ideas to develop and my little boy just gave me another last wkend!

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