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.