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Title: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on June 10, 2013, 09:30 AM
I'm interviewed by the amazingly talented Debbie Ohi and share my step-by-step process of how I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN was written and edited including (sharing for the first time ever  :hiding ) my manuscript's text and editorial comments from all 6 editorial revision rounds.

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2013/6/10/picture-book-writing-process-how-helene-boudreau-wrote-i-dar.html

I feel like I'm inviting you to my very messy closet  :eyeballs: but I hope sharing my process is useful to someone.  :)

Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Audrey on June 10, 2013, 09:37 AM
Thanks for sharing this...it's fascinating! :thankyou
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Post by: wolfie712 on June 10, 2013, 10:03 AM
Great interview, Helene!  Thanks for sharing! :)
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Post by: mariwho on June 10, 2013, 10:39 AM
Helene, thank you so much for sharing all of this! I have your book in my house right now, and I can't wait to show my kids all the work that went into your beautiful book. (We love the book, BTW---my girls were trying to read it all the way through without yawning. Such fun!) You are awesome and generous!!  :goldstar
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: darshana on June 10, 2013, 11:07 AM
Helene,

I will be FOREVER grateful that you shared your revisions. I am the type of person that learns by seeing examples, and I have been searching for something like this ever since I started pb writing a few years ago. I am so excited to sit down and learn from it! Thank You Thank You from the bottom of my heart! I can't wait to read your new book, just put it on hold at the library.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: tmrobeson on June 10, 2013, 11:37 AM
Many thanks, Helene, for letting us peer over your shoulder to see how you work! And thank you to Debbie for interview you, and Darshana for mentioning over at the 12x12 board. It's so helpful and informative to see how a fellow writer works!  :grouphug2:
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: viviankirkfield on June 10, 2013, 11:41 AM
 :love5:Helene...you are very kind to invite us into your writing closet! (and it is NOT messy!!!) Many thanks for sharing your writing process in that great interview with Debbie. Seeing the evolution of the spreads will help me be more patient with myself. I always think I am 'there'...hearing how many times you had to revise AFTER your story was accepted is eye-opening and somewhat scary...but definitely a critical piece of information for those of us who are pursuing this goal. :)
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: JFriday on June 10, 2013, 11:44 AM
Great interview, and fun to see the progression of your story!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Margaret G on June 10, 2013, 12:00 PM
Thank you so much for sharing, Helene. This is invaluable to aspiring picture book writers, like myself. I can't wait to take a closer look at it.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: carterhiggins on June 10, 2013, 12:13 PM
THIS IS AWESOME.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Franzilla on June 10, 2013, 12:38 PM
Brilliant! I love that your editor gave you permission to share the different versions too. And that you wanted to share it with us. The end product is SO worth it. Brilliant book.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: KatyD on June 10, 2013, 12:48 PM
This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your process!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: awful waffles on June 10, 2013, 01:04 PM
Thank you for the generosity of spirit in sharing what you've learned so freely, Helene!  It's so refreshing to see that helpfulness shining through.  :thankyou
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on June 10, 2013, 01:25 PM
It is my pleasure! I hope it's helpful. :)
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Stacy on June 10, 2013, 01:27 PM
Helene, thank you so much for being so open and sharing your process with us. This is really, really helpful!  :flowers2
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: couchmine on June 10, 2013, 02:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your process, Helene. I'm in a couple critique groups--glutton for punishment--and definitely want them to see this. Revise, revise, revise!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: LeslieG on June 10, 2013, 03:57 PM
TERRIFIC post! Srsly, one of the best I've seen anywhere.  :thankyou
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Shauna LaVoy Reynolds on June 10, 2013, 05:40 PM
I read this earlier and have seriously been thinking about it all day. Thanks for letting us see this part of the process, Helene. I'm looking forward to reading your book and plan to apply the grid to my own work. And thanks to Debbie for hosting, as well.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: CarrieF on June 10, 2013, 06:35 PM
This was AMAZING, Helene. I really love seeing this part of the process.
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Post by: DianaM on June 10, 2013, 07:20 PM
What a terrific post!
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Post by: Anthony on June 10, 2013, 07:33 PM
That's great Hélène - thanks for posting it! And despite how informative and interesting it was, I totally yawned the entire time I was reading it. :-)
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Post by: JulieM on June 10, 2013, 07:43 PM
Fascinating and invaluable information! Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing!
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Post by: LoriA on June 10, 2013, 09:47 PM
Yes, fascinating! So much to learn from your experience. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for sticking with your MS--the final books looks adorable! Can't wait to get my hands on it.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Carol F on June 10, 2013, 10:10 PM
This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Andi W. on June 11, 2013, 05:18 AM
So much to learn in the process. Thanks for sharing so generously!
And I LOVE your book  :fireworks :fireworks  :fireworks
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: aodle on June 11, 2013, 05:45 AM
So very helpful! Thanks for sharing your process. I'm especially excited to see the graphic organizer you use to evaluate pacing. I will definitely be using something like this in the future.
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: LindaJoy on June 11, 2013, 06:13 AM
Great interview! And such a clever idea for a book!
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Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on June 11, 2013, 06:45 AM
VERY helpful! Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Jean Reidy on June 11, 2013, 07:19 AM
This is one fabulous post. I'm spreading the word about it to all wannabe PB writers. Thanks Hélène.
Jean
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Sianey on June 11, 2013, 08:35 AM
Wonderful information, thanks so much for sharing  :thankyou
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Post by: Vijaya on June 11, 2013, 10:29 AM
I'm such a process junkie ... thanks to Debbie for a great interview and to you for sharing so much. Instructive and fun.

Vijaya
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: onestepp on June 11, 2013, 12:56 PM
Interesting how you have put a PB manuscript together since I'm always looking for ways to improve upon my writing.   :laugh
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on June 12, 2013, 10:04 AM
Thanks for reading and sharing. *hugs*
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi on June 28, 2013, 10:30 AM
I've had SO much positive feedback to your interview, Hélène. Thanks for being so generous in sharing your process with other writers!

Debbie
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: iyerani on June 28, 2013, 11:37 AM
 :dollar Priceless! Thank you! I love the examples!
Title: Re: Picture book writing how-to: sharing my process
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on July 01, 2013, 03:26 PM
I've had SO much positive feedback to your interview, Hélène. Thanks for being so generous in sharing your process with other writers!

Debbie

It's my pleasure, Debbie! :)