This is Part 1 of a series where I share the struggles, failures, and victories that I’ve encountered since I started working on my currently ongoing Picture Book project.
What’s Your Message?
The first step towards my Picture Book project was figuring out what ‘exactly’ I wanted to say.
I struggled with random pieces of ideas: maybe I could do something with pink goblins. Would there be magic? What if I had different kinds of goblins?
…but none of this was an actual story. I needed to understand why I wanted to write and illustrate a picture book in the first place.
How can I tell a story when I have nothing to say?
I read and read all kinds of picture books. I tried to understand the message of each one, and what it made me feel.
The day I discovered ‘The Lines On Nana’s Face’, by Simona Ciraolo, something clicked for me. Even though the story was a simple interaction between a little girl and her grandmother, it made me cry (I talk about this book in this podcast episode).
I felt happy, grateful and nostalgic all at once.
…and I realized I wanted to create stories, art and blog posts that would brighten other people’s days.
But even though I felt like I was finally getting somewhere, I still didn’t know what I wanted to write about.
It wasn’t until I took a day off to be with friends, make pancakes and laugh together that I came up with my message:
Magic exists in the little moments. We’re just too busy to see it sometimes.
After that break, I felt like I had a sense of direction. Now I could start figuring out what story best fits my message.
…but that’s a tale for part 2. 😉
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