Written by: Sandra Sutter
Having written a number of recent blog posts about the inspiration for THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL, I find myself a little burned out on the topic. In fact, I am downright uninspired. So what do I do? I resort to my procrastination toolbox, such as internet browsing and daydreaming. Which got me thinking (dangerous, I know, which will be even more apparent in a moment). What’s more fun than telling (showing) you about my writing process than doing it with . . . emoji’s?
It’s an ordinary day of ☕️, 👨👩👧👦, 👩💻, 🚗, ⚽️,and 🍷, when all of a sudden I 👀(see something) or 😯(hear something), 🤓(learn something) or 🤦♀️(remember something) and 💥an 💡comes to mind.
“I’m going to write a book about a🦄,or🐬, or a👻. It will be the next best thing since sliced 🍞!”
Oh look, a 🐿.
Now back to that great 💡.
I’m🏃♀️away with it. It’s as perfect as a 🌹. The words are🎶, and I’m feeling🤗!
It’s time to send it off to my👯👯👯! (Critique partners. What else are those little bunny ears for?)
I wait patiently (🤥)for that 🥇, that round of 👏. They are 😍with my manuscript. 🤞
Then one🌅, I open up my 💻to find🥉(feedback) and a suggestion to ✂️, 🚑, 🤹♀️, and if that doesn’t work to put it in the🗑.
(Actually, my critique partners👉me in the right direction, help me find the 🗝to the❓,and offer☂️when it ⛈. They mean the 🌍to me.)
After a 🍺(after noon, of course), it’s time to🔨away on revisions, which feels something like 🤔➤😩➤😭➤
Oh look another 🐿. Or is that a 🐒? Oh well, I need some 🍪🍪🍪.
Back to ✍️. I’m feeling 🤕➤😏➤🙃➤😅➤😁.
Now, it’s⏰to 📩it back to my 👯👯for the🚦(hopefully green!)
When my precious📖is ready, I 🛒it to agents and editors, 🙏they will ❤️❤️❤️my🎁of a story. I wait patiently (🤥). I feel 🤢, but it’s nothing more🍷can’t take care of.
And that’s it! From inspiration to submission in emoji’s.
Sandra is the author of THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL (illustrated by the wonderful team Chantelle & Burgen Thorne). Her second picture book, STAN'S FRIGHTFULLY CLUMSY HALLOWEEN, is set to arrive later this year.
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Written by: Melissa Stoller
Here’s a short pitch for my next picture book, RETURN OF THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH: Magic Paintbrush misses painting with Scarlet. When a new character causes all of Scarlet’s colors to disappear, Brush will do everything in her power to get the colors back and save her friendship with Scarlet.
So what was my inspiration behind this project?
I knew I wanted to write a sequel for SCARLET’S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH (illustrated by Sandie Sonke, Clear Fork Publishing, 2018). In fact, I added an art note at the end of Scarlet’s story leaving the door open for this possibility. Then the fun began. I brainstormed about how to write a sequel that could stand on its own and also be a worthy successor to my debut picture book.
The underlying story and themes of SCARLET included leaving behind the search for perfection and relying on one’s own creativity. I knew that these themes could be touched upon in the sequel but I had to move forward with a new story and new characters.
Also, I decided to write the sequel from the magic paintbrush’s point of view. I asked myself several questions as I was considering the sequel: How did Brush feel about being so bossy regarding what Scarlet painted? Did Brush miss painting with Scarlet? What was Brush willing to do in order to save her friendship with Scarlet? And how did magic factor into this story? Through answering these questions, I knew that the sequel would focus on friendship. Because ultimately, friendship and connection are the most important parts of Brush’s relationship with Scarlet.
I am thrilled that Sandie Sonke is illustrating RETURN OF THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH, releasing from Clear Fork Publishing/SPORK in Fall 2019. And the marvelous Mira Reisberg is editing/art directing again. I can’t wait to see Sandie’s magical vision for the returning Brush and Scarlet, as well as the new characters and scenes.
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I love hearing about how writing inspiration strikes – please share your inspiration in the comments.
Happy writing and creating!
RETURN OF THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH
Written by Melissa Stoller
Illustrated by Sandie Sonke
Releasing October 2019
Melissa is the author of SCARLET’S MAGIC PAINTBRUSH; READY, SET, GORILLA!; and THE ENCHANTED SNOW GLOBE COLLECTION: RETURN TO CONEY ISLAND. She lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and one magical puppy.