PUTTING YOUR HEART ON PAPER

“You gotta have heart. Miles 'n miles ‘n miles of heart,” or so sang the team in the musical Damn Yankees. If you’re a ball player, you’ve gotta have heart. If you’re performing eight shows a week on Broadway, you’ve gotta have heart, too. And if you’re a picture book writer—especially if you’re a picture book writer—you’ve gotta have heart, and you’ve gotta put it down on paper. I critique hundreds of picture book manuscripts a year. As a matter of fact, I used to critique for Rate Your Story. I have discovered that there’s lots of talented writers in the world. There are lots of competent manuscripts produced. There are many folks who understand plot and character, the rule of three, dynam

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