Posted by: nancyisanders | April 30, 2010

NaPiBoWriWee: Get Ready!

NaPiBoWriWee starts on Saturday, May 1! Join in the fun as we take the challenge and write 7 picture books in 7 days during this fun week. It’s the second annual event and it’s taking place on Paula Yoo’s blog.

This is the last day to gather ideas before we launch out on a serious adventure of fun, fun, fun.

One last thought for helping create a winning picture book plot is if you really want to develop a plot that’s got lots of crazy tension building up for a glorious power punch at the end.

Here’s a fill-in-the-blank chart that will help you develop a winning picture book plot. It’s similar to the last one I posted, but has even more tension building going on within its structure:

Plot Structure Chart:
Title of Picture Book:
Beginning:
• Main character:
• Main problem:
• Setting:

Middle:
• Small problem #1:
o Main character’s first attempt to solve #1:
o Main character’s second attempt to solve #1:
o Main character’s third attempt to solve #1:
• Small problem #2:
o Main character’s first attempt to solve #2:
o Main character’s second attempt to solve #2:
o Main character’s third attempt to solve #2:
• Small problem #3:
o Main character’s first attempt to solve #3:
o Main character’s second attempt to solve #3:
o Main character’s third attempt to solve #3:

End:
• Pivotal decision:
• Main character’s resulting action:
• Resolution of the main problem:


Responses

  1. Thank you, Nancy, for breaking it down for us! You’re so great in encouraging us to write!

    • Anne, I’m so glad you’re feeling encouraged! -Nancy


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