The Writer

EASY AS 123

One of the things I love most about writing picture books is that many have their own built-in formats.

A to…yep, you guessed it – Z!

1, 2, 3…hmmm…what comes next? 4!

Days of the week. The seasons. With these examples, the structure is clear (obvious, maybe!) and yet perfectly appropriate.

But what if your book doesn’t work with one of these can’t-miss structures?

Author Heidi E.Y. Stemple admits that while she doesn’t get bogged down by worrying about story structure when she’s writing, she absolutely focuses on that during revision.

“I tend to think of it in terms of getting the plot points to

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