How To Create A Storyboard For Children’s Picture Books
You may think it’s the illustrator’s job but in order to write our story it must be visual and so this is how to create a storyboard for children’s picture books.
Best selling children’s book author Jo Linsdell breaks down how to storyboard, why you, the author should do it first and how to set up a storyboard so that you can get the story you want to write down on paper.
What Is Storyboarding?
Storyboarding is the act of putting your story together on a board. You are able to plan out your story and see how the story looks visually.You set it up by cutting eight pieces of paper into four even squares.
For authors, putting together a children’s picture book is the first thing you must do before you write your story. Once you have your story idea, take the time to plan the story out. This means working within the industry standards of 32 pages. Once you have your story planned out, you can then mix and match the ideas to create an engaging story that flows naturally and has enough action and characters to tell a wonderful and exciting story.
Your first 4-5 pages are left for the title page, copyright page , acknowledgement page, dedication page, and any other page you want included. We then have the book split into three acts comprised of nine pages each. Your first act introduces the characters and sets the stage for the story. Act two is the turning point and midpoint where you put your character either in danger or they go on a journey or have something special to do. Finally, in act three, is the resolution.
We, as authors, storyboard to see how our story takes shape visually before we write. We can change our story around, add new characters or even change the setting. This makes it easier for the illustrator to do their job.
Creating a storyboard is a tool for you to use to tell your story the way you want it to be told.
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