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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 17: Michelle Cusolito Flies Deep

Ooh, making lists of things we are curious about and things that capture our imagination and things we love! This is the perfect way to fly deep and dig up ideas for picture books!

Thanks, Michelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 16: Tami Charles Might Fail (and that’s OK!)

Not every day comes with a deluge of perfect picture book ideas. Some days ideas might shower down for future projects while other days are as dry as the Sahara Desert. Nada.

Thanks, Tami, for your encouraging words. Thanks, Tara, for STORYSTORM!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 15: Melissa Iwai Mines Her Dreams

Dreams are amazing (and weird and sometimes terrifying). But they can also be a source of ideas for stories. The important thing to do is to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, or, POOF, the ideas will be gone. Not that my dream last night of spell-checking the name of my granddaughter’s teacher would make a good story…but still. You get the idea! Write it down.

Thanks, Melissa! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 14: Rachelle Burk Shares Resources

Do you need resources? This post (and Rachelle’s site) are chock full of anything a writer could need! Wow!

Thanks, Rachelle! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 13: Lori Mortensen Finds the Main Ingredient

Me? You? We are the main ingredients for coming up with ideas for new writing projects. Yes, that’s correct. We writers are the main ingredient. What does that mean? As writers, we need to listen to what interests us or causes us to ask questions like What if? or Why did that happen?.

Me? I’m going to be the main ingredient. Chocolate.

Thanks, Lori and Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 12: Alicia Padron Does Nothing

Doing nothing (work related) allows the creative part of our brains to stew. Let ideas cook on the back burner. I do this, but I realize I also need to value the time to takes for those germs of stories and projects to come to a full boil and be ready to move up to the front of the stove. Patience sounds like a desirable character trait! 🙂

Do nothing!

Thanks, Alicia! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 11: Sue Fliess Listens to Her Handyman . . . ?

Sue is perfectly correct. Ideas can come from any person, place, thing, situation, encounter… This creative process is certainly difficult to explain to someone who doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night to write down an idea or grasps any bit of paper to jot down the perfect character before the idea is lost. Great post!

Thanks, Sue! Thanks, Tara!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 10: Heidi E. Y. Stemple Keeps Every Single One

Oh, I am totally on board with this! Keep every single idea! Some will be good, some not so good, some good now, others won’t be ready until years from now.

The big thing is to keep them all. Now. If I would take that next step and LOOK at my files of ideas…

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Thanks, Heidi! Thanks, Tara!


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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 9: Miranda & Baptiste Paul Use Real Life as Inspiration (with a few caveats)

Miranda and Baptiste Paul share not only inspiration tips, but stories from their lives. Patience and looking back are key points to mining the perfect ideas for picture books. Thanks, Miranda and Baptiste! Great interview of each other!

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STORYSTORM 2018 Day 7: Tim McCanna’s Technique Conquers All

Technique does conquer all! It’s not speed, size, or strength that helps us discover ideas or write well. It’s the technique, or craft, that helps us reach our goals of dreaming up and listing ideas – and then turning those golden ideas into projects.

In this blog post, Tim lists some techniques writers might use to brainstorm. He has some new ideas I want to try. But what popped into my mind was how I stare into space. It seems that helps me come up with new ideas. I also get ideas when I am outside in the mountains or going for a walk in my neighborhood. Now I just need to make sure to write down those thoughts.

Thanks, Tim! Thanks, Tara!

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