I wrote a draft of a picture book this morning. I don’t write many of them, but when I do, first I have an idea. I type it into my file and leave it there. I think about the story now and then. I turn it over in my head for a few weeks, months, or more, trying to figure out how to approach it.
Then eventually I think I have it figured out and I write a draft very quickly.
Now I need to let it rest, revise, get a reader or two. Revise. Rest. Revise.
We’ll see if the story holds up! But I’m always happy to have turned an idea into a manuscript. Maybe someday I’ll turn it into a book.