Anyone involved in writing children's picture books has heard of Storystorm, founded by the amazing Tara Lazar. Now in its 10th year, this online activity is simple: participants read and comment on a daily blog post by an industry expert and commit to coming up with at least one new picture book idea a day.
The idea (behind generating ideas) is this: if you get your creative juices flowing, you're more likely to write. The more you brainstorm ideas, the more likely you are to come up with some good ones that can be turned into stories. A stockpile of ideas is the surest way to negate the "nothing to write about" excuse (you know, when you try to write, can't think of anything and find yourself mindlessly perusing Facebook.)
Sounds easy, right? Perhaps even too easy. Maybe that's why I'd never participated in the past, despite being aware of Storystorm for at least the past few years. This year, as part of my renewed oommitment to writing, writing, writing, with the goal of getting published, I decided to take part.
What a great decision. it turns out that the experts who contribute to the Storystorm blog have some creative tricks for coming up with ideas. And, I've learned that consciously focusing on generating story ideas makes me more likely to do so. Best of all, I've already done a first draft of one of my ideas that I think has a lot of potential.
Whoo-hoo and thank you, Tara!