Write YOUR Story!

Write Your Own Story Today!

Today is “National Write Your Story Day”, where you are invited, nay, challenged! To tell your story in written form. Here at Happydesigner we obviously encourage our writers to keep writing, and love hearing from new writers that want our help. However, some people may never have even tried to write a story. That doesn’t mean today excludes you!children's illustrator

Today of all days, you can put pen to paper (or finger to keypad) to tell a story, any story, as long as it’s yours. Just as Sarah (Happydesigner) did with her now-published story, “Gillie Can Share“, you too can write a story that may well end up being made into a book. If you want to find out more about getting your story illustrated, look no further than this page.     children's illustrator

You may think that you have no story to tell, but it will surprise you once you get going. Use a random word generator (easily found online) or re-tell a story you love, even it’s already been written. How about your favourite anecdote, or a day from your favourite holiday? Something people don’t appreciate is actually how interesting their lives can be to others. You may think your job is dull but someone else might find it fascinating!

Words have a way of triggering memories.They form a moment in time, and before you know it, there’s a story flowing from your fingertips. Even if you never share your tale, it can be an essence of who you are and where you’ve been.

How To Write?

Trips down memory lane, or recreating the moment when a spark of inspiration occurred, are more intriguing than you know. Today, they fill blogs, inspire novels and entire television series. More importantly, they are treasures to family and loved ones. You could tell the story of the first few days of your child’s life, or about the day you picked up your puppy. You don’t need to worry if the story seems rubbish or boring, that’s what editing is for! Remember, just because it’s been written doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There are often more stories in the crossings-out and the margins of texts than in the story. Your story could involve people you know, or famous people you admire.

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Don’t worry if you throw away lots of words before you find the right ones

It could involve a place you know well, or a planet you invent. You are quite literally in charge of everything that happens, and everything goes! If it sounds rubbish, keep going. Barbara Kingsolver, author of the incredible book, “The Poisonwood Bible” (if you haven’t read it you must!) said it took her ten years to finish TPB, and she had written hundreds of thousands of words before she had even got to the actual story. Sometimes you have to write around the story before the story comes, but that’s ok! It doesn’t need to take you ten years, a story is ready when you think it’s ready.

Your own writing can be a little like your own singing voice; it can make you cringe! But other people don’t know you and so won’t judge anything based on who you are. They’re here for a good story! If you need a little inspiration for a children’s story have a look at our gallery pages, and see what kind of stories people are writing today.

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National Write Your Story Day encourages us to start telling our personal story today. There’s a story worth recounting in there somewhere!

How To Celebrate the Day!

Commit to writing your story (not as scary as it sounds!); grab a pen and paper, or your favourite writing device, and begin to write. We all have a story to tell. Use #WriteYourStoryDay to share on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to! children's illustrator

A few of my previous clients

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  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love