SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Writer's Room => Picture Books (PB) => Topic started by: d-dzien on October 15, 2021, 08:33 PM

Title: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: d-dzien on October 15, 2021, 08:33 PM
Hi all, first time board user so apologies in advance if this topic has been covered.  I am formatting a picture book in verse.  I have found that I should be indenting each line with one tab.  My question is, if the line carries over into the next line , should it be indented further?  Should it stay in line with the rest of the verse?  Or maybe should it not be indented?  Any help is appreciated!!!
Title: Re: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 16, 2021, 06:36 PM
Verse can be left justified. Verses are used as paragraphs. Do not use capital letters unless grammar calls for it. So:

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
how I wonder what you are
up above a world so high
like a diamond in the sky.

Often the line spacing is 1.5 or single spaced,  instead of double, with and extra line break between verses.
Title: Re: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: d-dzien on October 17, 2021, 08:30 PM
Thanks so much for the reply Debbie, that helps a ton!
Title: Re: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: Vijaya on October 18, 2021, 09:15 AM
Hmmm, I'm thinking that the lines for PB verse would be short enough that they fit on a single line. I'd try to split them up in a logical manner if that makes sense. If you go to Linda Ashman's website and click on books, she has posted some of her originals for some of them. Example: https://lindaashman.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Samantha-On-a-Roll-as-acquired.pdf   She has many more and wonderful resources for PB writers and is a wonderful teacher too.

Title: Re: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 18, 2021, 06:49 PM
I had missed that part about longer lines. Treat them as you would those lines in any poem. But also look for examples in published books. I can't think of any where the lines were that long.
Title: Re: Formatting verse for picture book
Post by: d-dzien on October 19, 2021, 07:59 PM
Thank you both!  Vijaya the example was definitely helpful.  I think I have her all formatted and ready to put on the critique board.  I appreciate your time!