STORYSTORM Winner!

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STORYSTORM Story Ideas 8 & 9

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Even though I’ve been busy with work, January isn’t quite as crazy as November. I’m glad they switched months.

Idea 8: Not sure of this one, but I was thinking of a time travel story where a child journeys to the future and helps an older person all to discover at the end that the person she helped was her older self. What do you think?

Idea 9: I would really like to create a young adult romance once day: maybe a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story. Maybe Juliet is considered the bad influence or undesirable one and Romeo’s family is set against them dating.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 5-7

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that today is the last day you can register if you wish to join us.

The end of the week got a bit crazy around here, so I’m a few days behind. Here are ideas 5, 6, and 7.

  • Idea 5: How about a picture book where an experiment goes wrong? Like a child creates a formula to make him grow taller but he ends up huge and then maybe very tiny before he can create the right formula to change himself back to normal size and decide he’s good with who he is now.
  • Idea 6: Maybe a chapter book about a child who enjoys cooking/baking like his mom, but the kids at school tease him over it. Not sure what would change their minds. Maybe he competes on a reality cooking show or something goes wrong in the school cafeteria and he steps in to whip up something. I’ll work that part out later.
  • Idea 7: How about a picture book about the journey of the Three Wise Men from the camels’ perspectives?

STORYSTORM DAY 4

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that you can register through January 7 if you wish to join us. We are in the fourth day of this event where writers endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. Daily posts at founder Tara Lazar’s blog provide tons of inspiration and they are giving away prizes at the end.

Idea #4: Two of my last four books (Little Shepherd and Amos Faces His Bully (under contract)) place fictional characters in Biblical settings. I would like to write a story about a young Samaritan girl witnessing Jesus as he speaks with the woman at the well. Not sure on the details yet, but perhaps this conversation changes the girl’s perception of herself. Samaritans being looked down on by the Jews, maybe this brings about a change in the way this girl behaves toward a Jewish girl and that changes how the Jewish girl acts toward her.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 1 -3

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be participating in STORYSTORM this month where I endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. I’ll be posting my ideas at this blog to keep track of them. Since I’ve been busy goofing off, I was a few days behind in getting started. Here are my first three story ideas:

  • Idea 1: As you may know, I am a lover of history. I would like to start a time travel series where two or three kids (maybe siblings, maybe friends) travel to the past via a certain object (perhaps an old diary from an ancestor or locket). The kids would meet historical figures along the way and help solve some problem. Once the problem is solved the object would bring them back home. My first stop would be Colonial America, then maybe America during the Civil War, and perhaps they would even spend some time with one of our former presidents.
  • Idea 2: I would also like to create a Scooby-Doo type mystery series where a group of kids get themselves mixed up in solving crazy mysteries.
  • Idea 3: Last idea for today would be a short story about Mother Goose characters getting their rhymes all mixed up.

Does STORYSTORM sound like something you would enjoy? Registration is open through January 7.

Picture Book Idea Month is Now STORYSTORM!

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During last month’s virtual book tour, I spoke a lot about Picture Book Idea Month and how it helped me to come up with more story ideas than ever before and led to the publication of Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and Amos Faces His Bully being under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing. Though it used to take place in November and was limited to picture book authors, its founder, Tara Lazar, moved this annual event to January and renamed it STORYSTORM so that the broader scope can inspire even more writers to fulfill their dreams. You can read more about the changes here.

While I was goofing off between Christmas and New Year’s I missed all this fun stuff, so I am playing catch up now. Good thing it’s only January 2. 🙂

Want to join us? Register here by January 7th!

PBS KIDS Announces Its PBS KIDS Writers Contest

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The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in grades K-3 and encourages creative thinking and storytelling, while building literacy skills through the creation and illustration of original stories.

To enter, kids can submit stories to their local stations, and local winners will then be entered into the national contest. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2015, and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

This year, the judges include acclaimed writers, producers and children’s media creators, including Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the ARTHUR book series, and the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the PBS KIDS show WILD KRATTS. The national winners will receive prize packages including ARTHUR books and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS.

To enter the contest and for more information on entry rules and contest resources, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest or your local PBS station website.