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Look, it’s a happy Sadness cake that @fionawritesbooks made for the Picture Book Club in @waterstonesreading!
Thanks for all those who attended. It was lovely meeting you all, and a special thanks to Fiona for organising it and making this sweet Sadness cake.
Among other things, we talked a bit about how I worked on this book before I started developing it further with @andersenpress to the picture book ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ it became, and how my own understanding of dealing with emotions like sadness evolved along the way. I’ve learned so much from working on this book and I keep learning from it through the conversations I’m having with people. It’s quite a wonderful thing and has been a special journey so far.
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Maybe I gave a few too many options?
The children from the Children’s Forum at @discover_story were so immersed in their stories and were so enthusiastic that most of them forgot most things we discussed before about story structure. Not very different from how my creative process starts actually… They developed their own characters and interviewed each other’s to get to know them better. After which their characters had to meet in a story. They could use the images from the Story Builder to generate ideas and create compositions.
Afterwards a few got to tell their stories and together we tried to bring them back to more cohesive stories, with a beginning, middle and an end – repeating some of the suggestions we had discussed before.
I actually already have different images in my head for this game, including more backgrounds and colour for example and bringing it visually closer to more current work from myself (a little less gloomy and dark for example), but I’ll have to let this project go for a bit. It would make more sense to develop it when I have the time to either self-publish it or find a publisher, so I know within which parameters I have to work.
But at least I have a proof of concept and a better idea of what it can become. And I still feel very passionate about it as I love to facilitate creativity and storytelling, both wonderful, empowering skills to have in this day and age I think.
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Thank you for joining me in my quest to find out what good storytelling is. I will share a little about the workshop I did with the Children’s Forum at @discover_story next, but first I want to share all the inspiring answers from you and the children here. Swipe to read them all.
P.S. I’m well aware that this question makes a lot more sense when you define the audience first or what kind of story you want to tell… but perhaps there are still some universal ‘rules’ of good storytelling?
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I am doing a workshop on storytelling tomorrow with the clever children from the Children’s Forum at @discover_story , using my own Story Builder game that I am developing.⠀
What makes a good story? I will explore this with the children together and will ask for their input so they can discover through their own knowledge, but it helps to have a better idea myself.⠀
What do you guys think are the possible key ingredients to good stories? What are some of the best stories you know, and do you have any idea why they work?⠀
I really like to hear your thoughts on this, as I know there is so much collective wisdom among all of us here on Instagram. ⠀
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Even though I’d love to go into hibernation and hide under the blanket – the world is still moving as fast as ever – and I have a book launch to prepare for! ⠀
If you happen to be in Amsterdam today (Friday 16th) feel free to drop by in the Scheltema (Rokin 9), and say hello and celebrate the launch of ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ with me. We are starting at 16.00 pm. All are welcome.⠀
This was one of the images from an earlier iteration of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, that didn’t make it into the book eventually.
Feeling inspired by all these cat drawings made this morning at a drop-in workshop I was running in collaboration with @camfilmfest and @kettlesyard at the @campicturehouse. So much creativity, freedom and dedication and exceptional drawn and collaged cats. The documentary Kedi was sold out but the film festival still runs for a few days, and there is always the possibility to go to Kettles Yard and visit the collection.
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