Doing some research on successful book writing was a huge thing on my timeline for this project. The amount of information that I discovered was astronomical. There are so many rules, tips, and ideas out there. Everything got to be very overwhelming and kind of repetitive. Most of the sites had the same tips. Some are obvious, and some are very unknown. One of the most helpful websites that I found was: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/writing-childrens-books-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html. This was written by a lady who edits books.(I think) It was extremely detailed and it put most of the information I gathered in one place. I used other sites as well, to which I will link at the end of this post. I’m not going to sit here and type all of this information out, as the sites do it way better than I ever will. Also, I would be sitting here at my computer for 5 hours. Anyhow, this site has taught me well. Very well. I actually feel like I am ready to start properly writing my book now. I have a few ideas (which will be my next post) and I can’t wait to start elaborating on them. I know for a fact that I want something with adventure. And kids. Kids who go on adventures. This is as far as I have gotten.
Author Pat Mora gave me some great tips on her site when it comes to picking a topic and writing. She says to start slowly and brainstorm lots. My idea will change about 100 times before I actually come up with the one that I want. I will want to change my story even after I am done with the final draft, and that is okay. It’s perfectly normal. She also suggests keeping a journal or diary that is designated for brainstorming. She says to write about things that you like to read about. Unfortunatly for me, I will read and enjoy just about anything, so this might be a bit difficult. I will eventually figure it out, though. When I do, expect another blog post from me.
Other places that I was able to get information from: