Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Smart Dummies Prep and the Story

Start getting into your critique groups now! I will be asking if anyone wants to be in critique groups on Facebook. Feel free to write your own post looking for partners. Also send me a message if you need a group! Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/548159692008535/

Some of the things you may want to finish before the end of the week (click on the links for more information):

Register for Smart Dummies here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca/p/smart-dummies_15.html You are NOT registered for Smart Dummies until you sign up at the registration page! You have until October 8th to register.

OMG! I don't have a story!! I'M FREAKING OUT!!!

If you are feeling like this first take a deep breath and breathe. Let's look into some options now for people who don't have stories. Anything that's not copyrighted is fair game. Old fairy tales, folklore, rhymes and songs can be used in your book. Make sure your story is in the public domain before starting. Here's a short list of book types you may want to consider:

  • ABC 
  • Counting 
  • Nonfiction
  • Old Songs
  • Rhymes (Mother Goose) 
  • Fairy Tales (Such as Grimm's Fairy tales. Hans Christian Andersen)
  • Religious Texts (Be sure to have a good knowledge of the religion and practices before starting)
  • Folklore
  • Mythology (Greek, Norse, and Roman Gods)
  • Concept Books (I like the definition I found here to explain concept books: http://www.summeredward.com/2013/07/childrens-book-genres-concept-books.html)
  • Wordless or Almost Wordless
If you decide to go the wordless route (or want to write your story later) be sure to make sure you know your story inside and out. It may help you to write down what happens in the story even if the words aren't compelling. Be sure to draw a lot of pictures! You may even want to do detailed thumbnails (after creating quick thumbnails) to make sure you are familiar with your story before starting. I had trouble with this last year, and I don't want you to make my same mistake!


  1. You make it all seem so possible. :) Thanks. This group of postings has been so encouraging to me! I'm drawing for the first time in almost 20 years. Cripes!