Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Sounds kinda funny coming from a pescetarian like myself, but I truly feel like I’ve won the Biltmore Estate or something grand! For several years now, I’ve participated in Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm in January as a way to jump start my writing for the new year. Each day there is an inspirational blog post from an important person within the children’s lit industry and incentives for coming up with 30+ new story ideas throughout the month.

So, why am I so excited? Because I did it! I finished!

Last month, I:

  • kept a StoryStorm calendar,
  • tracked the blog posts by writing down at least one take-away from each,
  • commented on each blog post (part of the StoryStorm incentive program),
  • wrote an entire MS based on one of the ideas,
  • wrote an outline for another MS idea,
  • narrowed down my top five story ideas,
  • collaborated with a huge picture book community,
  • encouraged others,
  • was encouraged by others, and . . . somewhere along the way . . .
  • got 96 –  YES 96 story ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hats off to myself and the other StoryStorm participants ’cause we’re all winners! (See ⇓)


Where to now that StoryStorm is winding down? Several nights ago, I sat down to review the past four year’s worth of StoryStorm and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month… which was prior to StoryStorm) ideas and came up with five that I really liked.

How did I chose just five? Well, I was strongly encouraged to because of the Grand Prize drawing for StoryStorm. Several GP Winners will receive a chance to pitch their five best ideas to an agent so I’ve gotta be ready in case one of them is ME!

But seriously, I picked:

  1. an idea which is totally out of my wheelhouse — a non-fiction biography
  2. a series based on a lovable community helper; Officer Pudge
  3. a story using all North Carolina animals with room for tons of back matter about this great state
  4. a story of an unlikely friendship between neighbors
  5. a story about a child’s invention that ends up saving the day

Once I’m done with elevator pitches for these, I’m leaving “idea creation” behind me and I’m getting ready to start some revisions on some previously created MSs. I’m also planning on perfecting two devotions I’ve written, as well as, a Middle Grade project that never wrapped up in 2017.

2018 is going to be a busy year at the keyboard! Many thanks to Tara Lazar, the many wonderful guest bloggers, and to my StoryStorm brothers and sisters for starting it off just right!

No matter what you are doing: quilting, writing, creating art, music, reading, etc., what are your plans for the rest of the year? Perhaps we can encourage one another along!



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