I am packing up house and this has forced me to go back to basics and develop my hand drawing skills. The main area that I am keen to progress in is children’s illustration for picture books/ chapter books. I had this in mind when I completed this weeks theme for the 52 Weeks Illustration Challenge.
Week 39: Words
Pencil, coloured pencils, artline pen
A picture book is created through a strong relationship between the words and the pictures. The word count in picture book manuscripts is dropping and currently the preferred number to aim for is the 500 mark.
So you have to choose your words carefully. Here are some tips:
- don’t write the obvious – the illustrator will portray that for you
- avoid adjectives (ly words)
- use fresh language
- avoid dialogue tags, ‘said’ is sufficient – the words you have chosen should imply how the character is feeling
Here is a great post about editing your text by Juliet Clare Bell over at Picture Book Den.