RhyPiBoMo is in full swing and together, we have focused on the poetry connection to writing rhyming picture books and how rhythm and rhyme enhances our writing. Now, it’s time to focus on the picture book part and revision is the key, especially in a rhyming book.
Meg has done a great job of sharing all the important components of revision. I personally think that writing a rhyming picture book is one of the most difficult things a writer will ever do, if done well! So, it makes sense that revising a RPB will be more intense, more difficult and more rewarding when complete!
You have all your usual necessities, as with revising any picture book...now add in some new rhyming antics and that check list of what to do is growing by the minute.
I created a friendly, colorful, Post-it graphic to help you get started. I thought it might look less daunting this way. There are lots and lots of revision check lists out there but I never seem to follow the list in order. My graphic is quite a bit less rigid, but it should still get you where you want to go!
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Start at the top left of the board, and work your way down and over to the bottom right…
The Orange Post-its are significant because these involve rhyme and poetry revisions.
You must do everything you always do when revising! No exceptions!
But now, you get to add in the orange Post-its too...Those orange Post-its will begin to transform your manuscript into glorious shades of golden, lyrical voice, hues of yellow, rhythmic meter and brilliant, burgundy rhyme. When it begins to glow perfection like a late, fall sunset then, and only then, may you sit a while and reflect proudly at all you have created.
Then have it critiqued again! Ha! Ha! Thought you were done didn’t you!
Thank you Angie! Happy revising everyone!