Today I’m hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour for A Caterpillar, a Bee, and a VERY Big Tree, a new picture book by D. B. Sanders and Dicksy Wilson.
The theme for today’s post is:
The Writing Life with Authors D. B. Sanders and Dicksy Wilson
Brother, D.B. Sanders, and sister, Dicksy Wilson, have always tried creating stories that are a fun and creative way to teach a child a positive lesson. In the beginning, they were really just looking for an excuse to get together to relive their childhood and laugh until they face hurt from smiling, but after a few sessions of brainstorming they began to develop a chemistry that is unique to their own whimsical upbringing and lifelong interaction with one another.
Finding the time to get together to write as a team is a difficult task. Neither of them has time to write everyday. Sometimes, they won’t have a chance to write together for months, but when the idea hits them, they are immediately in contact with one another. They try to schedule time to write, but it has to be late with their busy schedules; either after the kids go to bed, or maybe just a quick chat on the phone to discuss some details or ideas. When they have enough time to get together and put on a pot of coffee to get the juices flowing and make some real progress, they make huge leaps by just throwing ideas out there and then honing them down to more finite details. Since they like rhyme scheme, there is the extra-added attraction of playing with syllables or nonsensical words and making the cadence just the way they want it to be. They get stuck in a spot and come up with some of the most ridiculous rhymes – putting the characters in a precarious position or finding a way to move the story forward. They say the really fun and addicting part is waiting for that perfect phrase that says exactly what needs to be said in a way that fits the characters, the storyline and the positive lesson of the book.
When they have an idea hit them about a storyline, they can be mowing the yard, waiting in line at the grocery store, working the ol’ mundane day job or talking to one of their kids. It can start with a single line or a name of a character and it just grows from there. It is extremely exciting and wondrous to watch it all unfold… sometimes very simply and accidentally. They have lost more ideas for book titles and storylines than they have captured on paper, but they say the best part is that the ideas will never really stop coming unless they try that over-rated thing called “growing up”.