Dummy. That's me, not the mock up I'm trying to do! Picture books are HARD (whine, whine.) My PB is about a dog and some kittens. Is that original or what? Actually, it's been fun. And pasting the words onto a "dummy" book taught me a lot about what could be done with the art. So now I'm (ulp!) sketching dogs. Trying to retain that same "fun" element and banish those ugly little prodding voices that say, "What do you think you're doing? You're not a picture book writer! You don't know how to draw!" SSSSSSSS. Go away! Be gone! I'm having a great time NOT thinking about publishing for a change.
“Hold on to the heart of what first makes you want to tell a story—that seed of inspiration, that character that haunts you, the moments you long to crystallize and bring to life. My goal is to couple that holding on with a practice of staying loose and softened and humble—remembering that the task is about questions, not answers.”
Is a writer someone who does not write every day? Or even every week? (GASP) Then I am not a writer. A "spurt writer", I call myself. I write when the mood strikes or an idea keeps biting my ankle and won't let go, or sometimes when I'm just plain ashamed of myself for being so lazy. Despite all this I've somehow managed to write a dozen MG and YA novels (thirteen counting my adult novel, Call It A Gift.) Spurt writers can blitz when they want to, or need to--meeting a deadline for revision, for example. I love writing. I'm never more alive than when I'm caught up in a character's life, going places I haven't been or didn't know I was going. I've just finished The Last Best Days Of Summer which will debut in the Spring of 2010, another Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux book. Frances has been my editor since 1998 and I hope she always will be. She's simply amazing.