The Writer's Block
Writers Forum


Even children's book authors suffer from writer's block

Welcome to the

Writer's Block

held down

Best Children's Books'
open writers forum


Looking for help? Post a problem.

Looking to help? Offer ideas.

Meet the members.

Check back often!

We've all been blocked...

  • We can't think of an original idea worth writing
  • Our plot gets hung up halfway through after a great start
  • We know there's a great title for our book, but try as we might we can't think of it

Well, here's a place where writers can get together and help each other!

I spent over a decade in the screenwriting business. I was able to brainstorm solutions to story problems with some of the best and the brightest!

When I found myself blocked, help was often just a phone call away.

I got the help I needed, but I learned something too. One of the best ways to develop your "writing muscles" is to help others with their problems.

I've often seen my own blockages dissipate right after helping someone else. Just thinking about story - anyone's story - gets the wheels turning!

So here's how we're going to do this...

If you're blocked, use the Writer's Block form below to describe your predicament. Important: Give people enough information to really help you.

If you're looking to help others, scroll below the form and start at the top. Those are the most recent problems posted. Read the problem, then post your idea as a comment. (Note: Your idea becomes the property of the person you've offered it to.)


How to subscribe to the Writer's Block Writers Forum

Want to be part of the community? Even if you don't want to make a contribution right now?

Fill out the form below, but use it to introduce yourself. When you're taken to the Thank You page, check the boxes that keep you informed of activity here in the Writers Forum.


Need Help with Your Writer's Block? (Or Just Want to Introduce Yourself?)

Describe what has you stuck. (Unless you're just here to introduce yourself. Either way, use the form below.)

Post your problem and we'll send your call for help to our subscribed forum members. If someone has an idea you find helpful...it's yours!

Make sure you provide enough information for people to grasp the problem. "I need a better title" won't result in much help if you don't describe your story and what it is you want from your title!

(If you paste in text from your work, you may want to write "copyright," the year, and your name right after it.)

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]

 

Click here to upload more images

Author Information

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)

Writers' Blockages!

Read about someone's problem; see if you can help!

The posts atop the list are more recent. Your suggestions become the property of the person who posted. Your reward is a good workout for your own writing muscles!

Ready for EBM? 
Question to a published author...an editor wants to take my manuscript to an EBM. We're on draft number 2. She wants a few more changes. I want to follow …

Picking Great Children's Book Titles 
What makes a good title? Hello! My name is Kristin. I am new to writing books, but it is something that I have been interested in for years. I never …

What books should I review? 
I need suggestions for my blog. I'm looking for 9000 children's book titless! Hello everyone. I am an aspiring children's book writer, but more …

Title help, please! 
Hello, I need some more help. Please. I need an idea for the title of a short novel. I discovered a true story, witnessed and documented, about …

Format and size for picture book art? 
What format and size should my paintings be in? I’m on disability benefits and trying to get off by writing - specifically, I'm about to write a …

I have an idea for a series of books 
I'm 45, and am brainstorming an idea about a book, or series of books. I've never written anything longer than a letter, and not many of them …

Writing for an age group 
I am a novice writer of children's books. I apologize for not being more articulate. I am worried that I need to know for what age group the book is …

What to put in a cover letter to a publisher!?! 
I have been putting off sending any of my children's books for a long time now due to worrying too much about what to put in my cover letter. I've heard …

Writing a children's book about childhood obesity 
A head full of ideas but an empty page in front of me! My name is Craig and I am a qualified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist. I have actually written …

What do you think of my children's story idea? 
I'm wondering if you think my story idea would appeal to children of a certain age? I have always enjoyed coming up with snippets of ideas that could …

Paying an illustrator 
I have written a children's book, and I want to know what is the best way to approach my illustrator. If I am low on funds and can't pay up front, how …

Book doesn't sell well 
My newly published children's book doesn't sell as well as I'd expected. My first children's book in English, THE VALLEY OF THE MOUNTAIN GODDESS …

Describing time of day 
Am I doing something wrong with how I create a sense of time with my prose? I have a professional free-lance editor to "clean up" my stories (I am a …

Getting Published (or Self-Published) 
I have a rough copy of a children's book that I have written. I'm not sure how to begin to get published. I'd like advice, information or simple "How-To …

What makes a perfect ending? 
What makes the perfect, or at least a good, ending? I want to write a story that was told to me by an elderly friend just before she died. It …

Choosing the right words 
I'm writing a rhyme about a girl who is being a brat. Is the word "brat" too taboo to use in a children's book?

Research and Interviewing 
How to do research and interviews for a children's book. I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Andrea Paez Lozano. I am a new member. …

garden growing on thumb... what's the book? 
I have searched and searched and can't seem to find this story. It's about a boy who used to push vegetables on to his fork using his thumb (and people …

Appropriate age for my animorphic novel? 
I wrote an animorphic tale set in the old west. It is about 300 pages long. (I don't want to give away too much info.) It is an epic to say the …

Bringing an Israeli children's book to America 
Sharing a children's book written in Hebrew and published in Israel. I'm a stay-at-home mom. I recently found an incredible children's picture book, …

What is the easiest writing to sell? 
How easy and quick is it to sell a children's book? I'm in trouble. Basically I'm disabled (but no benefits) and I need to make money. I'm a pretty …

In search of clever book ideas 
How can I take my children's book ideas to the next level? I'm the star of all my writer friends because I'm the one who sometimes gets back handwritten …

How to write a healing story 
A story to heal a family. I have to remain anonymous. I have an alcoholic husband and two young sons. It has been hard on my sons, and scary. …

Show, Don't Tell, in Picture Books 
I've always struggled with "Show, don't tell." My writers group is always on me about it. I should say that I've always tried to write adult fiction. …

Click here to write your own.

Anti-hero in a picture book? 
Am I crazy to want to put an anti-hero in a picture book? Okay, I'm posting this to the forum, but it's directed at you, Steve, as you are probably …

Prose vs. Rhyme in a Picture Book 
"Translating" picture book prose into rhyme. This may be more of a problem for Dr. Phil than for this forum, but I figure I'm more likely to get …

Distinct character voices 
If my characters' voices aren't totally distinct from each other, am I a bad writer? Sometimes I like to start my writing day by reading what famous …

Gay characters in children's books 
Should I have gay characters just for the sake of having them? Okay. I am a lesbian in a committed relationship. I started writing a children's …

Writing productivity 
Steve, forgive me if this isn't exactly how you wanted to use the forum, but it certainly seems in the spirit... I'm struggling with my writing productivity. …

Starting with a book's ending 
To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with myself. I've been writing short stories (for adults) for years. But recently, when my father passed on, …

Can I have two protagonists? 
Does my writing group know what they're talking about? Is it wrong to have two protagonists? I hope it's okay that I don't use my real name. I need …

What makes a bad title? 
This is how bad a title can be. (By the way, Steve, thanks for telling me about this forum.) I actually received a bad title notification! …

Trying to Pinpoint Right Age Group 
Hi guys. I just can't figure out what the appropriate age group my book is geared to. It's about a real character of a granny told through the eyes …

Title and how to continue my story 
I don't have a title of my story but first I have a story that I'd started but I'm stuck on how to continue it so it. It's starts with a little pit bull …

Bad Picture Book Covers 
Your picture book cover should help sell your book. Here's why having your characters smiling out at the reader is a bad idea. Don't look at the …

Shapes, Colors and Counting Books 
My interest is counting books - and learning shapes and colors books - for two year olds. I worked at a daycare teaching two year olds, and while …

Writers Block Forum Members 
Hey, everyone. I'm rather excited about this. Writer-visitors have been asking for a community aspect to the site for years, and finally I've got something …

Click here to write your own.

Author Central.

New! Comments

Have your say!

Best Children's Books - Find, Read or Write home page.