Mary Kole writes this week about “flights of fancy” – picture books whose main driver is the wonderful ability of children to bring their imagination to life. Her article resonates with me, because I’ve a PB manuscript I’ve been working on through multiple iterations – in verse and in prose – and it’s a stellar example of her criticism.
I just can’t seem to break through the wall of images and turn this “flight of imagination” into a real story. Last year at Chautauqua, Eric Rohmann gave me a wonderful critique of this piece and helped me jump into a new way of working – but the latest version still suffers from lack of story. Story arc, plot clock, you name it, I’ve read about it.
“Dragon Toes” – hmm, maybe I should change the working title? – is NOT a story. At least not a great one. Well, the first step to fixing problem is admitting you have one, right?
Admitted. Maybe my colleagues on the Yellow Brick Road can give me a boost next week during our next session….or maybe I’ll just pack up my notebook and sit in the park and pretend I’m back at Chautauqua….what I should do is finish my submission for critique for NJSCBWI Summer Conference.
No matter what I do today, I’m going to fix that story. “Action!”