In January, I participated in Storystorm. It’s an online challenge to brainstorm 30 new picture book ideas in 30 days. Created by children’s author Tara Lazar, it was originally PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) and was started as an alternative to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for writers who are not interested in writing a novel. Every day there was a new blog post by an author or illustrator or editor or someone else in the children’s book world, giving ideas on where to find inspiration, where their inspiration comes from, how to deal with a lack of ideas and so on. I thought it was great!
What I liked about it:
- I only had to come up with an idea. It could be a title, or a character or a phrase or a whole story line. It didn’t matter. The point was to come up with something new each day. I preferred to do it at night, and was surprised how often something that happened or that I saw or that I heard during the day was the spark for a new idea.
- It’s free.
- It’s in January, which seems the perfect time to me. Start a new year by generating 30 new ideas to work on through the year.
- No one sees my ideas but me. Let’s be honest, they are not all gems. 🙂 When I look back at them now, there is even one that is so vague that I have no clue what I was actually thinking! But that’s okay. There are some good ones, too.
- My ideas could also be used for children’s poems, which I also like to write.
I didn’t actually finish the challenge – this time. Something or other came up and I got off track, but I did it for 20 days. That’s 20 ideas that I didn’t have before. I will definitely give it a go again next year, and hope to make it a yearly tradition. Anyone care to join me?