One of the most common problems writers have is coming up with a good idea for a children’s story. Where do these ideas come from? Don’t you wish there was a little idea elf who stopped by whenever you need him? Let’s discuss some ways to find good ideas.
· Start with your own experiences: Did something happen to change the course of your life? That was the case for my book, Tails of Sweetbrier. The decision my dad made to teach me to ride horses truly changed my life and made it possible for me to realize my dream of becoming an accomplished equestrian. Have your children done something amazing or amusing that you can use as a starting point for your story? How about your pets? Many authors have successfully written about adventures of their pets.
· How about stories or movies? Sometimes all you need is for a story to stir a particular sentiment inside you; something you can use as a story foundation. Some authors have mentioned they suddenly get ideas in the middle of the night, or they dream about something that would make a good story subject.
· Imagine you’re a child again: Start with the phrases “What if?” or “I wish”. You might be surprised where your ideas will direct you.
· How do you determine if the story idea is noteworthy? Does it excite you? Does it seem to take on a life of it’s own? If so, you could be on your way to something great.
In summary, try looking for ideas from:
1. Your own life experiences
2. Your children’s activities or statements
3. Newspaper articles or movies
4. Something amusing that your pets do