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The Difference between a novelist and a writer of picture books…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

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If you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20.
Eric Carle

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3 comments on “The Difference between a novelist and a writer of picture books…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Jennie
    April 10, 2017

    Yes! Oh, Eric Carle, you hit the nail on the head.

    • bridget whelan
      April 10, 2017

      A long story told short….this quote goes well with the one from the author of Charlotte’s web I published a couple of weeks ago who said you shouldn’t write down to children you have to write up. So, if anyone ever thought children’s fiction was an easy option….you were wrong, deeply, seriously wrong

      • Jennie
        April 10, 2017

        Yes! I can attest to every word you say (and E.B. White and Eric Carle) after 30+ years of reading to preschoolers.

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