Here’s a little preview of the opening of the forthcoming How to Write a Children’s Book in 7 Days or Less book!

Hey, there! Welcome to the How to Write a Children’s Story in Seven Days or Less extravaganza!

I have been told on more than one occasion to not tell you this process will take seven days or less, because it sets unrealistic expectations. Allow me to clarify:

If you schedule time to write and work on your story daily for the next seven days, you will have a finished story by the end of this experiment of ours. If you miss a day, you will be a day behind, because that is how time works.

Like many things in life, you get out of it what you put into it.

Also, please note that I keep saying “write” and “writing”. While I will provide you with some technical tips and professional recommendations for having your book illustrated and publishing your book, the seven days or less part of this whole thing is the writing bit.

If you do not have words on the page, you do not have a book. Do the writing part first. It is the piece of the puzzle over which you have the most control, so do that part first, fast, and now!

End of disclaimer.


I’m Barbara Burgess. I am a multi-genre author with a variety of author voices. My children’s books are written under the author voice Barbara Ann Burgess. You can find those books and others at

I’ve written and published four children’s books, but I have many more written and awaiting illustrations. As I write this, I have twenty-four in fact. In this book, I will layout the system I used to write these books quickly and efficiently.

I know that words like “system” and “efficiently” sound like I am setting out to squelch your creativity, but I promise you I am seeking to do the opposite. There is a lot of freedom in structure. Also, time limits and deadlines, dear friends, are your friends!

If you are still into it, let me tell you more about this book and how to use it.


This book is laid out in the order in which I intended it to be used. Please, stay on the garden path, dear friends.

Because I would like to you experience the magic of finishing a children’s book in seven days, I have named each step of the process Day and the corresponding number of said day.

I understand for some of you this will be too much pressure. To those of you who feel that way, please feel free to imagine the word ‘day’ as ‘week’ and start the project. Thinking about the project is not starting the project.

I will outline in each section what your tasks are, and then I will give you an example of how to do it.

In the simplest terms, you will need to read the section, read the example, and then do the section yourself. It’s like grade school, but more fun.

Okay. If you’re ready, I’m ready. Let’s start with Day One — Brainstorming.

I do hope you enjoyed that little preview. If you would like to know when and where you can get this book, I recommend joining the newsletter. You can do that by click on the bones to the right or by clicking here.

Once again, Udemy is having a sale, and this particular sale includes my two courses! You can click here to learn more about those courses.

Originally published at on April 10, 2020.

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