When you begin to write a picture book, keep these five elements in mind. Refer to Eve Bunting’s formula as well.
Story: a character-drive plot by which a character faces a conflict, deals with set-backs and complications, and resolves the conflict by himself, and in doing so, changes or grows.
Setting: Where the story takes place.
Main Character: the person who faces a conflict and actively resolves it himself/herself with no help from adults.
Conflict: the problem the main character faces. Without conflict, there’s no story. Types of conflict include man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. nature, and man vs. himself.
Want: the one thing that the main character desires. Conflict is propelled by want.
A picture book formula by author Eve Bunting: Will the main character be able to (whatever you want him/her to do), despite (conflict), despite (conflict), and despite (conflict) and in so doing, learn a lesson? Character + conflict + conflict + conflict = growth.