From Idea to Story

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You got this story idea.  You’ve written it down, now what? 

Write it! 

That’s the basic idea of Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm

During the month of January, you write down 30 picture book ideas in 31 days. 

Now, you’ve got this great stack of ideas for picture books. So, what’s next? 

Go through those ideas, and put them into four categories (at least, that’s what works for me). Category 1 means it’s a great idea, category 2 is an okay idea, but needs some help, category 3 is not that great but not trash worthy, and category 4 is not that good- don’t trash it, you never know when that 4 might turn into a 3, or even be sued to help a 2 become a 1.  

Now you’re gettin’ somewhere! 

Go through those 1’s, pick one, and then write it. After all, these are the ideas that are ready to be written! Put those words to keyboard, or paper, and don’t stop until it’s done.  That’s it!  Really.  Of course, there’s tons of editing, but that’s for future posts. 

As of now, I have eleven ideas from StoryStorm, and have turned two into manuscripts as they really want to end up in Scrivener.  One sucks.  I mean, it’s horrific.  This thing’s going to the trunk (that’s another post, too!). The other? Well, it’s a second manuscript for a manuscript that I’ve been shopping around a bit that I consider “ready”.  It was okay.  Much editing will come.

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