Yes, I just used the word "props." You can gag me with a spoon and give me the 411 later.
I'm working on a picture book. While I primarily think of myself as a novelist now, I began my writing journey focusing on picture books, and I still L-O-V-E them. There's a picture book writer in me yet, gnawing its way out occasionally. I've had the idea for this story several months, but it wasn't until a few days ago that the characters started speaking to me...and making me laugh. (That's when I know I have to commit something to paper, when I start giggling at inopportune moments during the day.)
There's such a skill and finesse to writing picture books. The reader needs to fall in love with the characters, cheer them, laugh with them, bite a few fingernails for them...all in less than 750 words. Ahem. That is no small feat.
Now for my plea: Anyone out there write picture books and interested in a swap? I promise no tooth fairies, Santa Clauses, talking bunnies, or doting grandmas were inflicted upon my word document.
Also, if you haven't entered my Still a Cheapskate Giveaway yet, why not, silly? (Oh, and I'm enjoying the bonus answers immensely, by the way. I'll share some next week.)