|My version of Old Barney in LBI--haunted.|
Although it won't be ready this year, I am working on another book for kids.
I used to love spooky books as a girl, and now I am just as thrilled to write them today.
So here's the thing: like many authors, I'm sure, the ideas for books come to me rapid-fire. I write them in notebooks, dictate them to Notes in my iPhone, or scribble them where ever I can--napkins included.
At home I quickly type the first draft into Word before I forget the feel of the story.
Then comes the hard part.
For me, the illustrations grind the creative process to almost a halt. It's not that I don't have the pictures in my head that go with the story, but the pictures seem to take a loooong time. Even compared to edit after edit of the writing, the drawings drive me nuts.
|Penelope the Witch from a soon to be book.|
Anyway--I think the writing occupies my mind in a certain way that allows the time to seamlessly go by. When I draw I can think too much--the wash, dishes, MORE STORIES.
I just decided I am either going to start listening to music while I draw, or maybe digital books.
Sometimes this blog is better than therapy.