In 1982, Glenn Edward Sadler sat down to interview Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Gleaned from the common interview questions Sadler asked them, several gems were revealed. I hope to highlight them here.
When Maurice Sendak was asked how he got his ideas for books, he said, “Creating is a kind of groping-in-the-dark procedure.”
Dr. Seuss said he doodled a couple of creatures. “If they bite each, it’s going to be a good book.”
What works best for you? Do you outline…answer a series of then what happens questions…remember a dream? Or do you throw yourself off a cliff, knowing a safety net of characters, plot, and narrative will save you?
Share your method!