Here are my thoughts and ramblings about my life as an artist. Whatever endeavor I take on, the creative process is a unique journey to discover wondrous hidden treasures bubbling my soul. Each painting, each photograph has its own challenges. The learning process and evolution is a continuous journey, but one that brings me much joy.
The explorations of creativity are fascinating and fulfilling. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration of your own.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Working on THE book
I’m moving along with the
writing. I’m working on Day 8 of the actual trip. So many questions run through
I chose the book size, 7 x 10, and
I downloaded the template from Createspace.com. I put a couple of pages in, but
decided to do everything in Word first as I keep making changes. Adding photos
as I go along with the actual trip is a challenge and the photos slow the
documents, but the pictures add to the story. I want readers to see some of
what I saw as I visited places.
One question that keeps popping
into my head is if I should keep a separate file of photos and one of text
only. The photos help remind me of the journey as I am writing. Would this be
redundant work? Plus, it would be more work. I’d have to remember to save in
three folders; full copy, text only, photos only.
Then I begin to question sizes of
photos. With a 7 x 10 book, should I do full page photos, half page, or
smaller? Should I do a companion coffee table book of just photos? I don’t
particularly care for coffee table books, but this would be of the very best photos
and I could use some that I won’t be putting into the story book. I could put
more of my artsy photos in this book. Would a coffee table picture book sell
better than my travel book? I still could say a little something about each
photo and about the area. Should I do it at the same time?
Should I just run through the
book with the text only getting the gist of the story put together from blog and
journal notes? Once I get the basic story written, then I can go back and add
photos and embellish and edit the writing (which I keep doing anyway.) Currently,
I am spending so much time on one chapter going over and over and then I end up
going back to previous chapters and adding lines to those.
Thirty three days was a long
journey and will make the book many pages. Should I do it in two parts? I’ve
already divided the book into three parts; Planning, the actual journey, and
the coming home.
Am I crazy for even attempting to
do something that writers don’t do? (Combining pictures and story.)
Oh, these decisions that
roadblock, have me doubt myself, and cause me to re-do portions over and over.
Still, this is an excellent way
to re-live the journey. Oh, I so wish I could go back there right now while
flowers are starting to bloom and before it gets too hot and buggy.