What is abstract story telling; most of it is in fact about something not there. So where people go wrong in story telling is creating scenes with words (descriptions), then the next step backwards is descriptions of actions.
So how would you tell a story with out descriptions of what a picture maker would do.
- Using metaphors and analogies;
- Understanding relationships between verbal and non-verbal ideas;
- Spatial reasoning and mentally manipulating and rotating objects;
- Complex reasoning, such as using critical thinking, the scientific method, and other approaches to reasoning through problems.
Developmental psychologist Jean Piaget argued that children develop abstract reasoning skills as part of their last stage of development, known as the formal operational stage. This stage occurs between the ages of 11 and 16. However, the beginnings of abstract reasoning may be present earlier, and gifted children frequently develop abstract reasoning at an earlier age. Some psychologists have argued that the development of abstract reasoning is not a natural developmental stage. Rather, it is the product of culture, experience, and teaching.
While young children are often incapable of complex abstract reasoning, they frequently recognize the underlying lessons of these stories, indicating some degree of abstract reasoning skills.
I think that moving pictures of fighting take the place of abstract thought way too often as if publishers can’t conceive of selling intellectual thought to children.
Metaphoric story telling is the only thing left for illustrators. Most writers think that the illustration should be what the words describe, making the image redundant. Writers must understand how to not describe a scene for illustration.