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AllyWoof
12-19-2006, 12:45 AM
When I was a teenager I wrote a bunch of short stories told from the point of view of my dog Missy. I want to turn them into picture books for children, but I am a total nervious wreck. Please help me.

Dollywagon
12-19-2006, 01:07 AM
You could try going into the Share Your Work - childrens section and have a browse around in there.

You will find lots of helpful advice and tips and it will give you some idea where to start. There is also a childrens section nearly at the top of the forum boards where you will find a load of stickies to help you get started.

Meerkat
12-19-2006, 01:10 AM
And remember that dogs use a lot of profanity when they're chasing cars and strangers...be sure to edit that out!

AllyWoof
12-19-2006, 01:13 AM
Uh! I do not use profanty. The stories have titles such as "Missy Joins The Beatles".

WildScribe
12-19-2006, 01:14 AM
Just.... write! (Was that helpful?)

AllyWoof
12-19-2006, 01:16 AM
About as helpful as me telling Mom I want food when she asks what I want for breakfast.

WildScribe
12-19-2006, 01:17 AM
Ah, but you do it anyway, don't you?

Only you know how your story should read... now go cook your own breakfast!

AllyWoof
12-19-2006, 01:19 AM
I will when it is breakfast. But, when we had this conversation I didn't know how to cook. Still don't really.

endless
12-23-2006, 10:37 AM
Obviously if you were here, my dogs would be forced to trade you in for another person -- one who does know how to cook. You haven't lived until you've baked liver muffins!

alleycat
12-23-2006, 03:32 PM
First, you might want to do a little research into how you should do a picture book (and get one of the books on writing for children). There is something of a standard in laying a picture book out. I'm no expert on this so I can't help you much. There are several members in the Writing for Children forum that have done picture books, including Jenna who used to run AW (her book is Hattie! Get a Haircut!).

Then pick out the dog story you like the best and go through the process of rewriting it, and blocking out the story and pictures (even though a publisher generally hires the illustrator, unless you plan on doing the book as both writer and illustrator); still you can do a rough sketch of how you visualize the book.

AllyWoof
12-24-2006, 12:18 AM
I don't think I could sketch anything.

alleycat
12-24-2006, 12:32 AM
I don't think I could sketch anything.
There are easy ways around that, but, it's not really important.

You might want to start by reading this short article: http://www.write4kids.com/colum44.html

Little Red Barn
12-24-2006, 12:35 AM
There are easy ways around that, but, it's not really important.

You might want to start by reading this short article: http://www.write4kids.com/colum44.html

Thank you Ally, :Hug2: What a wonderful site Ally has giving you writer dog! Click on her highlighted blue.

alleycat
12-24-2006, 12:48 AM
Click on her highlighted blue.
That would be a 6'-3", NFL linebacker-sized he . . . but that's okay, everyone seems to make that mistake.

AllyWoof
12-24-2006, 12:56 AM
Thanks, Alleycat. Can you do one more thing for me, though?

alleycat
12-24-2006, 01:00 AM
If I can.

AllyWoof
12-24-2006, 01:03 AM
Actually, I know you can't. That said, I would love for you to be able to clue me in on why my male friend who supposidly has no romantic interest in me suddenly wants to shower me with gifts? This sounds like the start of a very trashy romance novel.

alleycat
12-24-2006, 01:06 AM
Maybe he's in the Christmas spirit. Or maybe he's only pretending not to have a romantic interest in you. Or maybe he's a friend and just wants to make you happy. Or maybe . . .

I don't believe it's quite to the trashy romance novel stage yet. You can hope! :-)

endless
12-28-2006, 04:48 AM
Back on the subject of writing about actual dogs, when you write what's on the dog's mind, try and keep it true to the breed/breeds. And do your research on the breed/breeds you want to write, even if they are your own dogs.

There's nothing nicer than learning why your dog/s do what they do!

AllyWoof
12-28-2006, 05:14 AM
My dogs are mutts, though.

endless
12-29-2006, 04:19 AM
So? All dogs, even purebreds, were once mixed breeds. A little bit of this and a little bit of that and -- voila -- you've got a breed, if it breeds true. There are very few breeds that man hasn't twisted throughout the years.

Your dogs have some, or many, breeds in them. It's kind of fun to try and figure their parents out. Just a little note: Few dogs actually have wolf blood in them, even if they look wolfy. Most wolves prefer to eat dogs rather than breed with them.