Writing – “Journey of the Horses”

Writing Project #3:  Journey of the Horses keeps resurfacing as different versions.  The original draft took the form of a no dialogue, abstract narrative with a different title.   Symbolic images of what creativity meant to me centered at the core.   

However, I needed to add characters and learn dialogue so Version Two moved in the opposite direction and became a 32 page children’s picture book.  I got to the heart of what I was trying to say but realized that I had lost most of the lyrical language of the original.   The writing required rewrites but I had built the illustrated paintings up one-by-one and the story was fleshed out in the art.  The image below represents the best of the artwork I completed during this second phase.

Version Three:  Recently the story moved in a new direction: a middle grade novel with an eleven year old protagonist.  This is where I will pick up the story and try, once again, to tell the story that wants to come out.

"Seahorses" by Linda Ruddy



About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found at:www.wingsofwonder.worpress.com Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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6 Responses to Writing – “Journey of the Horses”

  1. robin says:

    Beautiful! There is so much movement and magic in this illustration, Linda, and the colors are vibrant.
    Glad you are coming back to the book and making room for the story to be told.

  2. The beauty of revision is that it takes right where you need be, even if you had to take the scenic route to get there!

    I absolutely love that illustration. If its any indication of what you have rolling around in your head, I have no doubt that you’ve created a brilliant story. 🙂

  3. Marilyn says:

    It’s great to be able to experiment with your storytelling! Same thing with drawing and painting. Take the road less traveled.

    • Yes, I enjoy experimenting which is why I have many unfinished projects. But in all fairness, to myself, I’ve completed many others!
      I like the road less traveled……

  4. Pingback: Alaskan Adventure – another story start | wings of wonder

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