CINDY WILLIAMS SCHRAUBEN ******* Believing in the power of words
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Roll With It
It is day ten of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)and we are swimming in ideas. A poll on Tara's FB site started by JackieWellington asked: "How many picture book ideas have you logged thus
far?" The answers range from just a few to 30+. Impressive!
PiBoIdMo challenges us to come up with at least one
picture book idea/day for the month of November. Some people lament the fact
that they have great difficulty coming up with ideas. Others find them pouring
in. For me, this is not a difficult
task, ideas seem to attack me from every angle; usually when I least expect it.
I have pages and pages of ideas every month of the year. An idea might be as
specific as a plot or problem. Others as obscure as a character name, but they
are all ideas, just the same. The difficulty, for me, lies in the next steps.
Which story do I think about next? In what direction
will this character take the story? Should I finish the oodles of stories I've
already started or roll with one of my new ideas? I am fairly scattered when it
comes to writing - I can be distracted sooo easily (look - squirrel!).
I have found that my best strategy is to let the
ideas take me and not try to control them. One day, out of the blue an
inspiration will hit me and I will go back to a story I started months ago.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I do know that I can't force an
idea that just isn't there. My best ideas/strategies seem to come when I'm not
trying. I might be in the middle of a story and hit a wall. Instead of trying
to plow my way through it I back off. In doing something else... something
mindless... the wall sometimes crumbles. It isn't always that easy, but it is
far less frustrating for me than chiseling away at the wall with a pick and
you have one fantastic idea (that might turn in to a best-seller) or pages of
cryptic words, roll with it and take it where it leads you. And most
importantly - have fun!