2 May 2006

How To Make A Book part four: Final Story-board & Getting Organised

(This series of posts starts with part one and continues with parts two and three)

The next stage of the process, after designing the visual elements and roughly laying out the general direction of the narrative, was to polish the story, produce a final story-board and make a plan of action for completing the book.

Before embarking on a final story-board, I took a hard critical look at the draft story-board to see how it matched my original intentions for the overall project. Contrary to what I wanted at when I started, the story was still very dad-focussed so the final story-board had to make Petunia Petalbum the narrator and the person through whose eyes and mind the universe is perceived, and also make the dad character less-knowing, not as knowledgable or in command of things as he believes himeself to be. This in mind, I spent about a month working out the story-board below.

I don't think anybody is ever completely satisfied with anything they do and I certainly wasn't sure that this new story-board matched the the ideas in my head but it was closer than the previous effort and the fast approaching deadline removed the luxury of worrying about it any more - this was what I was going to work with, this was how the final story would look.

I've never been very organised and to a certain extent I enjoy this aspect of my character and the creative consequences that arise from it. However, it's probably the least effective way of ensuring a deadline is stuck to (or got somewhere near at the very least) so I decided to change the habits of a lifetime and organise this project properly. To this end, I made three lists covering everything I needed to do to make the book: a list of all the painted illustrations the project required;

of the speech bubble text incorporated into some of the illustrations;

and all the typed text;

Nothing was set in stone. All of the elements in the lists could change as work on the project proceeded. They were a starting point, a plan of action and sign showing me the way to the finishing line. Armed with a stack of scribbly paper and a head feeling somewhat mushy around its stew of ideas, I started work on the illustrations required to tell the story.

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