A little girl came up to me when I was working in a Montessori preschool room and said, “look, a made a bed full of stars.” She was a quiet child and rarely spoke to anyone at the time and I looked down at what she had been working on. She was playing with colored clay (green I think) and cut out as many stars as she could with a cookie cutter. I smiled at her and said, “Anna and the Stars…”
Who knew then that those stars would bring me here to this new creative chapter.
Right now 6 of the pages for the children's book are done. Done? Technically. What is happening now is I'm figuring out how to amplify the tone of the story. The character, Anna, has been developed fully, but now it is time to push her to her true potential. How to make the character strong, vulnerable, and magical? How do I make her more than a girly character? Or more to the point, how do I make a "girly" character empowering and endearing?
So I'm playing with thumbnails of the drawings, changing compositions, pushing for dramatic angles to build tension and making sure this is magic on each page.