Posts made in August, 2015

creating a picture book: part ii – things I didn’t think about

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in ellen, ellen and the winter wolves, stories, writing | 1 comment

Ellen square header[This is the second post about the creation of Ellen and the Winter Wolves. You can read part i here.]

After finishing the text for Ellen and the Winter Wolves, I thought I would simply crank out twelve to fourteen illustrations and be done. (I thought twelve to fourteen would be the perfect number because that seemed manageable with my schedule.) So I sat down and broke the text up, attempting to make the breaks at natural transition points. I ended up with fourteen pages.

A problem quickly became apparent to me, however. As I sat on the floor reading the pages aloud, I realized if I was reading this to a kid, each page would take way too long to get through. They would be bored. This story is somewhat text-heavy (at the time it was around 3,400 words) and so fourteen illustrations wasn’t going to be nearly enough.

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