This has been a very productive summer for my pop-up book project. I have learned a lot and have come a long way with something that initially started off as a side project.
It’s always great to plan ahead and set goals, but what I have learned most from this whole experience is that it’s very important to leave your self open to possibilities and to know when to let something go.
Last september I decided to signup for a writing workshop at words bookstore and cafe. I wanted to pursue writing not as a career but as another form of artistic expression. I love reading, and I am addicted to fantasy so why not try something different?
During my creative writing workshop I kept up with my photography. What I noticed was that my writing helped me grow my photography project into a mature series, one that would require a longer time to complete, much like writing a novel.
I was no longer an impatient photographer, instead of shooting a series in a couple of days, weeks, or even months, I am now documenting my subject over a much longer time; transforming my work into something more substantial.
While my photography was progressing at a steady albeit slower pace my writing hit a brick wall. World building and fantasy fiction can be a daunting task especially to some one who is just starting to write. How do I improve my writing skills in order to accomplish my goals? Keep reading and writing.
The reading part is easy, add 10 writing craft books to my amazon cart and download to kindle, pick up a book off my to read shelf and that’s a pretty good start.
For the writing I needed to find other stuff to write, it was hard to just focus on my novel, so I decided to start this blog. As material for the blog I picked up my craft books and pushed my self to complete weekly writing exercises. One of the exercises was to come up with 10 book ideas that I would like to write.
Sneak peek – First draft of my pop-up book
That random exercise gave me my children’s pop-up book idea, and now here I am working with an amazing illustrator and paper engineer to make that idea a reality. It’s been an exciting and a great learning experience.
Working on this children’s book will aid me with my fantasy novel if I ever complete it, and even with my current photo project, which I have decided I would eventually love to release as a coffee table book.
I started with one goal but along the way have ended up working on something else that in turn has opened up many more possibilities.