A daring series I’ve decided to tackle for you: I’ll walk you through my storybook process by creating a new story online – every step.
As I hit week two of creating the first Bunny and Witch storybook, there are already things that I’m creating and then throwing out. The part of me that created the stuff that goes in the trash is just going to have to accept that. This week is about the first stage of finding the characters I want in these books. The idea of them doesn’t quite exist yet.
Last week, I knew I needed to do something about the Bunny character and how she looks. But I also needed to get the actual story down and pin down my primary plot. I’ve been working on both this week.
Week Four of creating the first Bunny and Witch story: When I plan the pages of any storybook manuscript, I don’t just plan the story. Even if I plan to pitch a story to an editor, I still create a professional looking mock-up to show them.
Now into week five of writing the first Bunny and Witch book, this is mostly about what to cut and what to switch around. Knowing when to do that in an illustrated storybook is mostly about deciding WHY a page does what it does.