Today I would like to feature an author/illustrator’s blog I found very useful:
Author /Illustrator Fred Koehler wrote an amazing article on his blog: http://freddiek.com/writing-between-the-lines/ about a book he recently illustrated.
Fred is the illustrator for ONE DAY THE END written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich. This book is a 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winner. It is a wonderful, very simple story.
What makes this picture book so unique is the story has very few words and NO DESCRIPTION, the author trusted the illustrator to fill in the story. Fred has not let the author down. He has beautifully illustrated the book and brought it to life.
Fred gives exercises to follow when going through your manuscript to help you zero in on the places where you might find unneeded description in your picture book story. If you have ever wondered how to show more and tell less, this exercise will help you.
Please read Fred Koehler’s blog, it will be worth your time.