“Is it hard?’
“Not if you have the right attitudes. It’s having the right attitudes that’s hard.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Is writing a children’s picture book hard? It depends on your attitude.
Are you up for the challenge of telling a great story? You get 32 pages and 500 words.
Can you capture a child’s interest, and get him vested in the story and the characters, right away? You get 32 pages and 500 words.
Is the conflict quickly defined and played out, while the anticipation mounts? You get 32 pages and 500 words.
Is the resolution a compromise or an absolute? Does the reader see it coming? Is it delicate, or deliberate? You get 32 pages and 500 words.
Building a picture book is hard. But, it is also an honor and a privilege to write for children. So far, I’ve built one picture book. And with a little Zen, there is a persistent, profound, certainty that I will build another one.