Chicka, Chick, Book, Book!

January 12, 2014

Prompt #8: Let’s kick the year off with a title exercise.

Lie down on the floor, lift both legs at once, count to 20…

Sorry, did you really do that? I was just kidding.

Instead, take a picture book title that you really love. Now, write the first few pages of the book with YOUR story. Don’t repeat the story that the author wrote, but come up with a new story based only upon the title. How would you do the story differently? Don’t stop to edit; let the title be your guide and just go for it.

Do this two more times with existing picture book titles.

Next, look at your list of PiBoIdMo ideas. Were any titles? Start writing. Give it a shot. If there are no titles, take one of your ideas and create a catchy title.  You can do this with interior rhyme, alliteration, by smooshing words together to create a new word, or by tweaking a popular phrase. These are just a few of my title tricks.

So writing with a title in mind—how did it go? If it went well, then keep going. If it didn’t, take time to STARE. It works for me—99% of the time.


About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.
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