Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Building Sand Castles

I've been thinking recently about all my manuscripts that are started, in various stages of completion, as well as those in need of final edits before sending out into the world. I seem to have an easier time starting new things this summer than I do tackling the edits needed on several PB manuscripts.

As a matter of convenience, I can start something new no matter where I my car, on vacation, running errands, etc.  All I have to do is grab a scrap of paper or dictate a voice memo into my phone and viola...something new is born.  However, it feels a much bigger project and is definitely a more time consuming one to sit down, butt in chair, and tackle the edits and re-workings of shaping a current WIP into submission shape.  Perhaps it is having the kids all home during the summer months or constantly being on the go for a variety of reasons. I have four PBs needing final edits and want them all complete before a very exciting September conference thus the time has come to buckle down and get to work. It is exciting to envision the finished products and yet daunting to tackle as a whole.

Today, I saw this quote, and it gave me new inspiration.  Who doesn't love to build a great sand castle? It is an inspiring idea and one I will hold onto as I shape my sandbox into various sand castles.

Where do you find your greater the creation of the original draft or in the shaping into a final and finished product? I would love to hear your process and insights.


  1. A great quote. I bet your sand castles will be beautiful when you finish them, which you will.
    I also have about four stories started that need much work. Maybe I'll remember your sand castles and finish mine. I think that once I have the original draft down, it's fun to go back and fill in the details, especially when new ideas pop up to add.
    Looking forward to your new picture books. Write on.

    1. Thank you so much, Beverly. Your ongoing support is much appreciated! And good luck to you on your those sand castles:)