We’ve all seen it: The supposedly magic step-by-step workflow that guarantees you create the perfect Picture Book from scratch.
But when you sit down to follow “the recipe”, things don’t really work out.
So, what’s wrong?
Let’s pause for a second and talk about baking.
There are plenty of different ways to bake a carrot cake.
You can add cinnamon, chocolate, walnuts, almonds…
Adding oats instead of flour doesn’t make this less of a carrot cake. Just a different one (and depending on your taste, it might be even better!).
There’s only one ingredient you need in order to call it a carrot cake. Care to guess what that is?
In the same way that there’s no one recipe to bake a carrot cake, there’s not one workflow to develop your Picture Book.
According to Wikipedia, a picture book combines visual and verbal narratives in a book format.
That means you need a story, pictures, and words. These are your carrots.
In the same way that fresh carrots make a better cake, a good story, manuscript, and art make a better Picture Book.
…but the process you come up with to get there is entirely up to you and how your brain works.
There’s no right or wrong. Just different options.
The only way to figure out what works best for you is to try different things.
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