Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Life of a Picture Book Part One: Conception

The life of a picture book, like the life of a child, begins at conception. For my newest picture book idea, that life began last night as I lay in bed, armed with my new mechanical pencil and a composition notebook. I was brainstorming picture book ideas, when an interesting little ogress found her way from my brain onto the paper. I hadn't known she was there before!

So I was thinking that it could be interesting to blog about the life of a picture book, from conception to draft to polished manuscript and beyond. Sometimes these journeys are long and arduous uphill climbs. Sometimes they seem to come as easily as a walk to the mailbox. But one thing they all have in common is that they always teach me something, every step of the way. And I would like to share what I learn with you.

What I've learned from these "conception" moments is that I can't really escape an idea once it grabs me. An idea may not develop quickly, or much at all. It may not have a long and glorious, successful life. But it is always worth taking the time to help it grow.

Read The Life of a Picture Book Part Two: Drafting and Waiting


  1. Oh, can't where to see where it goes. Love process posts.

  2. I'm with Corey. It always fascinates me to share someone else's journey, so I look forward to more.


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