I’ve gotten a lot of progress done over the past few weeks with the beginning of my story board work. Some of the panels have come easy and some have not, but I feel there is a slight lack of continuity between the pictures and the words. I’m happy with the concept of the story so far, but I don’t know if there are just too many words for each panel.
I’ve heard that reading while writing isn’t always healthy as it might influence your current work. It’s probably the case. I started reading Bryan Lee O’Malley recently. His graphic novel Lost at Sea is excellent, but the more I read it the more I think I could do more with my pictures and words. I think I could cut up the lines of my story into smaller chunks and add more frames of illustration. I don’t want to do a graphic novel. No no no. I just think a slightly more detailed cartoon would be great.
I was originally drawn to the idea of sticking to a more standard structure because I didn’t start out with a wealth of knowledge about the children’s literature business, but I have seen that kids’ books vary in size all the time. I perused through several book stores just looking for some motivation and noticed with E-books and independent publishing, standards still exist but not in the same uniform tradition format that remember. So I am tinkering with the idea of putting together more panels, simple windows, and slightly more detail imagery. I don’t know how feasible it is for what I am trying to do to be effective, but you know what… this is my story. I can play with it however I like. That’s not a defiant statement; it’s just a reminder that in the end, this is all about Play.
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