Post-PiBoIdMo Day 1: Carrie Charley Brown Researches Concepts and Beyond (plus a prize!)

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Carrie Charley Brown

So, you’re all dressed up with ideas now. Where will you go? An idea could take you anywhere and sometimes rockets without warning. Go with it, my friends, or poof! It may be gone. To me, it’s never a bad idea to brain dump or pants your way through a picture book idea. That’s what revision is for.

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But sometimes, it’s worth a little research to see what’s already been done before investing the time. If you’re like me, many times an idea starts with a title. Like the PiBoIdMo light bulb, your hope beams!

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With one eye peeking, you pull up Amazon and type your title one letter at a time.

P-L-A-N-E-T-A-R-Y. Lots of results in the planetary search. The lump in your throat tightens as you continue.

P. The search results begin to drop. This is a good sign.

O. Yes! It’s thinning even…

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