I recently watched a free PB Mini Summit online on August 22 with presenters Julie Hedlund, Jon Bard, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Katie Davis. Great content! After the evening presentation, I went to the library and checked out a few of the "mentor texts" they suggested. Had to put "MOTHER BRUCE" on hold, can't wait for it to come in!
1. Think about pacing and how to create movement with words. Do I want to slow. certain. texts. down. to. a. standstill. Or do I want to create a more fast paced line that will zip along quickly and rapidly for the reader to read. And how do authors create a sing song quality... I've really been reflecting on the role of punctuation, repetition, and word choice.
2. I loved this quote by Kate Davis, "Cut soggy words and keep the crisp words." As the one of the presenters said, "pictures are supposed to create 50% of the story." So, if that is true, what should I cut out of my story to create space for the artist to work his/her magic?
**This got me thinking about how being an author/illustrator would be advantageous, because so much of the humor/sparkle comes in the pairing of the words and the art. (A little worried about this because I am not an artist.)
3. Use page turns to create suspense and reveal a surprise or punchline. I plan to go back through manuscripts to make sure that the page turn has a reason and/or a surprise waiting on the other side.
It was a really helpful mini-seminar, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to tune in!