Monday, October 10, 2011

You are under no obligation to …

…do any of the following in picture book nonfiction:

1. Begin at the beginning.

2. End at the ending.

3. Cover everything in the middle.

I’m not being facetious here. Comprehensive coverage of any subject (particularly a biography) is not a wise goal for a 32- to 38-page picture book. It’s not possible, and you’ll invariable cut corners on good storytelling if you do, so don’t.

There. You’re free now. Go tell stories with facts.