Writing The Wish Giver
Picture books are not as easy to write as they appear. My daughter Lenore first wrote The Wish Giver when she was in Year 11. It wasn't suitable for publication so recently we re-wrote it. She says she hardly recognises it but the original title and idea is still hers: the idea of a girl who wants a friend and discovers she has to be a friend to get a friend.
The text had to be cut, as classic picture books are generally 300-750 words. We had to put it in picture book layout and decide what should be on each page. Each page is like a little chapter and should make the reader want to turn the page. Then we worked on the language and tried to find the right words that matched the story.
Lenore first made me a writer by asking me to write her a story that I told her one night when she was 13.