Finding Your Inner Child

For me and for the Mrs. Weisz Books Community, we focus on bringing out your story from the first idea and inspiration to getting your idea into book form. Covoyage through the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing your book as you watch Colt Cabana’s children’s book come to life…

Everyone needs some extra inspiration. I know I often need to take a break, and watch the world around me. That’s why I keep paper and pencil with me always, at all times, since you never know what you may see right in front of you. As I sit back and observe, I look for the aliveness around me.
A leaf blowing in the wind…
A kid launching himself off a swing…
Colt Cabana moonsaulting off the top ropes…

Colt Cabana as a kid, flying through the air, preparing for the future...

Colt Cabana as a kid, flying through the air, preparing for the future…

10 minutes of work quickly turns into 2 hours, and I get lost in the lines, movement, flow of ideas.
My focus here with the child in Colt Cabana was how to capture the movement, humor, and the crazy moments of being a kid. These are the defining moments in our life – the ones that tell a story about who we are, and who we strive to be.

Your Assignment
I want you to go back, and think about some of the crazy adventures you did back in the day…maybe you got in trouble – maybe no one ever found out! But it’s still etched in your memory. I want you to try and capture the aliveness of that moment: What emotions did it evoke for you – fear? excitement? What action was central to that moment – sledding down the iciest hill? swimming to the sandbar? crawling army style across the backyard?

To get you started on your story, leave a moment of your aliveness growing up, just like Colt Cabana jumping onto a pile of family mattresses.

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