Posted by: nancyisanders | June 16, 2008

ABC Adventure: You Can Do It!

Welcome to my Alphabet Book Adventure! This summer on my blog, I’m sharing the step-by-step approach I take to write an alphabet book and inviting you to join in the fun. If this is the first time you’ve ever visited my blog, you can click on this link to start the ABC Adventure from the very first day!

And now…back to our ABC Adventure!

As you’re continuing your search for publishers who publish alphabet books, you might be having your doubts. Especially if you’ve never written an alphabet book before, it might seem totally different from the art of telling a story. I mean, where are the characters? The plot? The setting?

Well, guess what? Did you know that you can write an alphabet book? You can. Really!

It’s not like writing a fiction picture book where you have to learn how to pack all the essential ingredients of a story into the format and highly structured design of 32-page text.

It’s not like writing a beginning reader where you have to learn how to write with controlled vocabulary and controlled sentence length.

It’s not like writing a middle grade novel where you have to learn how to write a story arc with well-developed characters, compelling plot, and realistic dialog.

The beauty of writing an alphabet book is that each page matches. When you find the voice for one of the letters, you use that same voice for every letter. When you determine the format for one of the letters, you use that same format for all the rest.

It’s like a series of mini-manuscripts that you get to write 26 times. What a great way to practice specific writing skills over and over and over again—with a purpose!

Think of it—you just have to figure out how to write one page of the book. All the rest of the pages will fall into line like ducks in a row. It’s fun, and you can do it!


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