Yesterday I gave birth to my spanking NEW #3 picture book baby! A children’s story conceived from my family’s lived experience.
For months, story lines and plots gestated in my head until I no longer could contain them within. One last push and my creative offspring was finally out. Yesterday my newest picture book baby entered the world kicking and screaming, demanding attention.
Newborn words poured onto the page. My hand quickly scribbling. Impatiently scrawling until they gushed out. The first draft. The first primal breath of a new book life.
Child-like dreams engulfed my imaginings. Visions of young children responding to the spoken word and the wondrous flow of language. Rhythm. Rhyme. Repetition. Series of three. Their little hands clasping onto the cover, turning over the pages.
Inspiring me to hone every line, every paragraph. To redraft. To rewrite. To perfect.
Today I typed my second draft and fine-tuned my story. Adding character names. Adding SHOWING details. Double checking I started at a dramatic pivotal point and traveled along a satisfying story arc.
How I love writing picture books! What other genre can you create the first and second draft in the same week?
When will I send my Book Baby out into the World?
Not yet. My third-born will need months of researching. Rewriting. Critiquing and reviewing. Every perfect word in its most perfect place. The next formative stages can’t be rushed. My book baby is completely dependent on me, to provide nurturing to grow to his full potential. To become an emotionally satisfying story to the Reader. That’s my aim.
Announcing … my bouncing baby BOY!
May I introduce my newest sibling in the child-centred The Rescue Kids picture book series, STEVIE TO THE RESCUE … Only 3 days into this world.
What about Books 1 & 2 you say?
RYAN TO THE RESCUE is 8 months old, and he’s almost there. He’s learned to crawl and he’ll take his first wobbly transitional steps soon.
ALANA TO THE RESCUE, Ryan’s twin sibling, was an early developer and she’s already exploring the world of publishing possibilities.
I will continue to Mother my #3 Picture Book babies to their ultimate destinies.
Hoping to announce their coming of ages very soon.