Like I don’t have enough to do, illustrating for other authors. I decided to write and illustrate a book myself. I have the manuscript in fair form, awaiting a professional critique and a rough dummy with all the illustrations in place. It’s been an interesting journey working for myself.
The picture book is written in the first person. I had a lot of fun with this direction. The main character is a self-centered, obsessive-compulsive cat. The cat gives her viewpoint in words, the pictures show a far different reality.
It’s not as easy as it looks cutting your words under 500 and still tell a story with action, a story arc and character development. I’m down to 380 words and it probably can be cut more. The illustrations do a lot of the heavy lifting.