I didn't set out to be a picture book writer, I intended to write novels. So for anyone else who is as confused as I was…
You know you’re a picture book writer if:
- You seriously consider the point of view of talking animals.
From The Far Side by Gary Larson
- Your story spends more time in your head than it does getting it down on paper.
One of Julia Woolf's fab sketches from my post on ideas composting
- You see your story in pictures even though you’re not an illustrator.
- You can't resist planning it out in ten to twelve spreads.
This is how Knight Time looked before Jane Massey's wonderful illustrations
- You automatically think
- You get more satisfaction crafting a story in 400 words than you do writing it in 4,000 or 40,000 words.
- You have lots of fun thinking of awful puns (often removed by editor) and adding layers that the adult reading it will enjoy as well as the child.
From Gilbert the Great illustrated by Charles Fuge. The name of the boat references the Jaws films.
- You spend ages agonising over a word.
- Steam comes out your ears when someone implies that writing a picture book is easy.
Grrr! Picture books require skill.
- You're reading posts on The Picture Book Den!
Please add to the list in the comments.
Jane's currently working on a series of toddler board books for Penguin Random House, three picture books for Nosy Crow, and a series called Dr KittyCat for OUP.