As I mentioned, I’m trying to write picture books, which are the illustrated books geared for children ages 3-8. I love that age range because all of the magic and wonder and self-confidence are still alive and kicking – anything is possible.
While writing picture books is definitely not easy, it takes a lot less time to write a 500 word (or less) book than it does to write a novel, so I’m always looking for new ideas. And now that I’m taking a stab at this blogging thing, I need even more.
Time for an exercise!
Yes, that’s right, Carole, you heard it. I’m going to do an exercise…right here… in public…
Where to find new ideas?
One thing I like to do, is think about what interests me, and why. If I like it, then I’ll have fun writing about it and hopefully that will translate and maybe… someone will want to read it.
What am I into these days?
Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston documentaries/ biopics. While that doesn’t immediately conjure up storylines appropriate for ages 3-8, maybe there is still something there. Time to harness my inner 3 year old…
I like their songs.
Bobby Brown was definitely part of my middle school soundtrack. I remember cranking up my Walkman and jamming to Bobby while helping my dad rake leaves.
My favorites were “Every Little Step” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
- Every Little Step – This could be a blog post about the writing journey – I’ll use that!
- Don’t Be Cruel – Clearly this is a tip for critique groups – I’ll use that too.
Time to dig a little deeper.
Elementary school. Whitney Houston was IT. I remember my friend’s older sister singing “The Greatest Love of All” at our school’s talent show. I lip synced along knowing the words so well that I still remember them all 32 years later…
I believe the children are our future.
Teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Give them a sense of pride, to make it easier.
Let the children’s laughter, remind us how it used to be.
That is EXACTLY how I feel!!!! So maybe this dig wasn’t so much a find-a-new-idea dig, but more of a universe-telling-me-I’m-on-the-right-path dig.
(I’ll probably still The “Greatest Love of All” for a post though.)
Keep on doing what makes you happy,
RIP, Whitney (1963-2012)
Best of Luck, Bobby
Thanks for the music