Watch a Book Being Born
Here is my first draft of what became the book Polar Bear Night. I wrote it in pencil, on a spare piece of notebook paper.
See that line drawn across the second page? I remember thinking to myself at that point, “This is all wrong. Start over.” I sensed that the language should be much simpler and more poetic. Once I started again, the story really came to life for me. The whole process felt sort of magical.
Here is the finished version of the story.