This has been ALL over social media in the past couple days, but it is really smart plotting advice from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of "South Park" and "Book of Mormon." Like... REALLY smart and simple advice, not just for film but also very much applicable to children's book writers. Take two minutes and watch!
If you've ever gotten a critique that your picture book "read like a series of lists" or "was more like a vignette/series of vignettes" . . . or perhaps your novel was "too episodic" . . . THIS is what those critiquers probably meant, and how to fix it.
What do you think?