Here’s what I’m going to try today on one picture book I’m revising right now:
On TRUTH, I need to brainstorm some various ways to get more of a narrative arc in there. Even though it’s basically a list-structure picture book, I have come to accept that it needs more of a narrative arc. It will happen largely in the illos, but there needs to be enough in the text to suggest it, at least. So, since I came up with (on my last revision a few days ago) a possible climactic scene around dinner, I want to write a new draft today fresh, and see if I can insert the trigger for that dinner question at the very beginning of the story, and then see if my list items can all be used to build up, somehow, to that dinner scene. It seems difficult, but it’s also an exciting puzzle to try to figure out!