SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1
I always write all of my picture books in past tense. But I recommend keeping the same tense all the way through, no matter what tense you use.
2
PAL Book Promotion / Re: It's No SECRET Any More! Happy Book Birthday!
« Last post by Pons on Yesterday at 09:12 PM »
:congratulations Tori!
3
Thank you for your response, Debbie! I figured I'd ask now, but you're right, I should get the manuscript finished first and have someone look it over! ::-) Thank you so much, you're a huge help! :love5
4
Historical Fiction / Re: How much history?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:46 PM »
Again, go for it.
5
This is hard to say without seeing the manuscript. Something that doesn't work in general might work very well in one specific case. Why not complete it and then get it critiqued? You can find partners on these boards or post in the SCBWI crit area or look for a local group if you don't already have partners to work with.
6
The Craft of Writing / Question about verb tense change in picture books
« Last post by Sara Kuba on Yesterday at 05:17 PM »
Hello, everyone! I'm in the process of writing a  picture book manuscript right now (like the very first 100 words) and I had a question about changing the verb tense from third-person present to third-person past. I started it in third-person present because I'm quickly establishing who the main character is and what he likes to do, which would segue into the story that unfolds, causing it to change to third-person past.


I saw in an older thread on this board that it's generally better to keep PBs present tense because past tense can create a disconnect between the story and readers. I'm trying to replace what I have with the present tense, but it sounds strange to me to keep it present tense. And it would feel weird to make the beginning part past tense because then it would feel like the character isn't like that/doesn't do those things anymore. If I changed that to past tense, would readers feel that way, too? Or is that just me?

Are there also any exceptions to the no-tense-change rule that are successful, or is it still something to avoid even in certain circumstances?

Thank you all so much, I'll greatly appreciate the feedback!! :flowers2
7
PAL Book Promotion / Re: It's No SECRET Any More! Happy Book Birthday!
« Last post by carrots on Yesterday at 03:09 PM »
Yay, Tori!!! Congratulations!!!

 :cheerleader :carrot :cheerleader
8
Illustrating / Re: Paper or Digital?
« Last post by karen-b-jones on Yesterday at 12:50 PM »
Christripp, You know what?  I really don't know if Elements supports CMYK.  That could very well be an issue.  It wasn't anything I ever ran into, but I honestly can't recall if I ever tried that.  So, you'd have to research it to find out. 

Sara Kuba, No worries. 
9
PAL Book Promotion / Re: It's No SECRET Any More! Happy Book Birthday!
« Last post by StephC on Yesterday at 10:46 AM »
Congratulations, Tori!
10
PAL Book Promotion / Re: It's No SECRET Any More! Happy Book Birthday!
« Last post by JFriday on Yesterday at 09:11 AM »
Yay, Tori! Congratulations!! It is a gorgeous cover picture. Let's all meet right there and celebrate!

(...um, except someone else has to pay for all of us...)

 :stars3
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10