Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Looking for Ideas? Try these...

As a children's author, I think one of the most difficult thing is to come up with appealing ideas for your stories. Where can we get them? Don' t you wish we could plant an idea tree in our yard and water it so fantastic ideas would be hanging from every branch? Wouldn't it be nice to have an idea Leprechaun who would show up now and then when inspiration is scarce? Since we can' t to those things, here are some suggestions that might be helpful.
  • Take the ideas from your past- You're probably thinking that your childhood, or your family events would be bor-ing! I thought that too, but I wrote my first book, Tails of Sweetbrier about my childhood challenges and it's inspiring children, teachers and parents so you never know what can happen!
  • Did you have a vivid, exciting dream? Sometimes our dreams seem absolutely real. What if you had an amazing adventure? You could expand it. Embellish it, make it come to life. You might have a best seller!
  • Did you adopt an amazing pet?-Sometimes incredible animal friends come into our lives. We love their personalities. Maybe we taught them an amazing trick. You might craft a wonderful, heartwarming story about your pet and how you found him.
  • You could be anywhere- That's right, you might be in the supermarket choosing your  fruits and veggies when something funny happens. Be sure to write it down so you can use the idea when you're ready.
Do you have an eccentric relative our friend?-My family lived in a beautiful, big, Victorian house that was originally owned by an old fellow who loved to entertain. What's odd about that, you might ask? Well, he adored dressing up in the most fashionable silk suits. He'd ask everyone in town to attend his event. He'd make his grand entrance, dressed impeccably with bare feet! You could introduce an unusual character into your story. People would be sure to remember him/her.
These are just a few ideas, which might encourage you and show you that  ideas are everywhere. I hope you find the perfect ones to help you create a remarkable tale.

 Find out more about this adorable book! You can adopt him here:

(c) Deanie Humphrys Dunne 2013


  1. Love it Deanie!
    More often than not I get some of my most detailed and cool ideas from my dreams. Pulling from memory, pets, surroundings and people we know is fantastic advice, well said :D

  2. Thank you so much, Katherine! You're always cheering for me! Hope all is well with you.You are so sweet to stop by and comment.

  3. These are some good ideas to spark the creative juices!

  4. Thanks, Sherry. I tried to come up with some different ideas that might help with that. Always love hearing from you and I hope you're doing well in your new home.

  5. Great ideas! I love getting ideas from dreams but I just wish I could control the dreams I have! I want them all to be inspiring LOL.

    Pets are a great suggestion, animals bring so much to our lives. <3

    Thanks for sharing this list!

  6. So glad you like my suggestions, Julie! I wish we always had nice, inspiring, dreams too! I'll bet we'd get more done that way!
    We love our dog, Elliott! He's in most of my books and he loves the extra attention. We think the compliments might even make his head get bigger!
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Really nice job on this post, Deanie! Thank you putting Louey here. He looks right at home and very content.

  8. I thought Louey would like a new place to stay! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment.