Okay so I will be the first to admit that writing YA is SO OUT OF MY BOX, it isn't funny. But when the idea hits you like a steamroller, you obey the muse.
So I had this idea to write a YA (thanks to my son and his amazing curiosity). But this story was one of both discovering the world he lives in and growing up. That mean I needed to know what he was going to go as he traveled.
When I had the theme and ideas firmly in my head I ploted out the story structure so I could begin the "journey".
I started looking at pictures of diferent places on earth and making a list of things I wanted him to see.
After the list was complete and the pictures gathered I needed a map. Luckily for me my hubby brings large pieces of paper home for me to use. I spent a few hours drawing it out. When I was happy with it, I went over it with markers to darken the lines. The origional map is about 4' x 5'.
Once the map was finished I took a picture of it and printed it off. Then I drew his path and what he would see and where.
Then with sticky notes I labeled the main scenes and placed the pictures with each scene.
Once the pictures were distibuted I glued them in the book from the end to the begining so I didn't run out of paper or have pages left over at the end of the book.
Now I have all my scenes and the pictures that serve as visual reminders of the journey right at my fingertips whenever/wherever I go.