I’ll be joining many others for StoryStorm. For those that don’t know, StoryStorm is a challenge to come up with 30 picture book ideas in 31 days. Originally, it was called Picture Book Idea Month held in November, but creator Tara Lazar switched to to January a couple years ago to give everyone a fresh batch of story ideas to work with for the new year.
I first did StoryStorm back in 2015, when it was PiBoIdMo. I have “won” the challenge each year, and some of those ideas have been turned into manuscripts. For the ideas that do not get turned into a manuscript, I keep them on file on my iPad, and also as a small booklet in my bag.
I create a file on Scrivener for each year, with each idea following the same format:
Idea # 7
I used to keep each as a separate notecard on scrivener, but putting them in one file is so much easier. From there, I just fill in the info that comes to mind when an idea slaps me on the back of the head. The idea might just be a location, characters, or a problem. I rarely end up with just one part filled in. I usually get three of them filled in. Many of my ideas come from Storybird.com For ideas that come from there, I write in the notes what pic it was. On my account, I try to remember to favorite them so I can look back at them. Sometimes I’ll e-mail myself a link for the pic.
Do you participate in StoryStorm? Where do you get your ideas from?