More on the Kids’ Book

So, as you know, I know nothing about writing a kids’ book. And I thought, well, I could fret or I could bring it to the artist who has done children’s books before and she could give me revising advice.

And, knowing how much I love to sit around and fret, you’ll be surprised to learn that I huevos-ed up and gave her the draft!

Now, it was a draft in better shape than the one I was fretting over yesterday. Everyone has names, at least. But it’s still a lot rougher than I would normally show to people.

But she’s going to read it and she’s going to think about how she wants to split it up and lay it out and what things she wants to illustrate. And she says that figuring out what images we want and how we want things to fall on the page will give shape to the kinds of revisions I need to do. So, we’ll just go back and forth with it and see what comes of it.

In other words, I didn’t have to have a perfect, polished draft to show her. Because it will change shape as we think about art.

I am so thrilled and kind of overwhelmed. I still can’t even believe that she suggested we do this and I’m kind of… well… the part of me that is most prominently me is still sitting there being all “Oh, no, I don’t know if I can do this.” And so I am surprised at the part of me who’s like “Here’s my rough draft. Take a look at it.” I’m surprised that part of me shut the fretter up for a while.

This is the biggest change that has happened to me, in many ways, in my life and it’s one I can’t explain. I don’t know how I went from a person who wanted to write fiction to a person who writes fiction. I know, in part, it’s because of you guys. And I am so very grateful to you for that. But I’ve always had awesome, supportive friends. And I just used to be a person who wanted to write fiction.

I don’t know, for sure, what made me switch. But here we are.

It kind of blows my mind, still, though.