I recently launched my ‘The Friendly Little Trolls’ funding campaign and now I’d like to share with you all how the seed was planted for my children’s book series…
My passion for writing, particularly in rhyme, has never left me. Once I get in the flow, I often feel that there’s no stopping me!
‘The Friendly Little Trolls’ was much the same. After countless occasions of reading to and with our little girl (6), not to mention the children’s books I read when I was younger, one day a little vision (a little seed) came into my head.
There are 2 friendly little trolls,
Do you know their names?
Fizzle is the girl and she likes to play games.
She has fluffy pink hair which is curly wurly,
Fizzle the troll is very, very girly!
So, there were the characters (or one in the rhyme above in any case). I played around with the names for the Trolls and settled on Fizzle and Wizzle because like looking for a new home, the names just felt right. Also, the idea was (and still is) that they zapped germs with a ‘fizz’ and a ‘wizz’. A few of the other names just didn’t flow…
The next stage in my creative process was the adventures they could have. It was important to me that they couldn’t be seen by grown-ups and that they were friendly with a little bit of cheek thrown in for good measure 🙂
Seeing as my artistic abilities are generally limited to stick people (and I didn’t see Fizzle and Wizzle as stick people!), I approached an illustrator with my brief to create 2 friendly looking ‘trolls’. It’s amazing how she just ‘clicked’ with my brief and created Fizzle and Wizzle (and other characters besides). This was exactly what I was looking for and you can see one of her later illustrations on the front cover of ‘The Dentist’ book…
Let’s have a recap. We have:
- The initial idea, you could call it a ‘concept’
- The stories in draft
- The visual characters
Next, we have a plan which is all encompassing of a major project and too much to share in a blogpost. I’d like to hold some of it back to keep a surprise element for future blog posts.
Although I will share that the first book in the series of 6 includes a ‘brushing teeth’ ditty 🙂
I’d be interested to hear how this compares with writing projects that you’ve had or have on the go. I found that F&W just clicked into place in the creative process. It was difficult to stop the flow at times! What have you worked on where the flow keeps flowing?
If you’d like to get involved, just follow this link.