Eric Carle Quote

Eric Carle QuoteThe fewer words, the better the picture book. While that’s not totally true, it should be the goal of anyone writing a picture¬† book.

While my first drafts are never 200,000 words, they’re often 3,000 or more. Then the real work begins, cutting that story down to a thousand, then fewer than 500 words.

Eric Carle is an artist. It’s easier for artists to write a book with fewer than 100 words because the words they use are often just explaining the pictures they’ve painted.

For someone like me, who is just a writer it is necessary to tell the story in a way that an artist can then add pictures that explain or add to the story.

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