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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