Picking It Up and Putting It Down
So we have these ideas, right? And we want to put them on paper, right? And maybe one day they will shine like the stars we know they are, right? And become a book… YES!
So what is stopping us? Ourselves usually. Sometimes my brain feels clogged up with ideas. Other times it feels as dry as a desert under a hot July sun. *head meets desk* I try to focus on one idea and get it out. Then go onto the next. Every now and then, an idea is really loud and obnoxious and demands to take center too. Writers brains are so fickle!
So here we are. Almost to the middle mark! *GULP* Here’s what I’ve gotten out of the past few days…
Dumping It Out
I know I’m not the only one who has ideas, but can’t get them out. Discipline is not in my name anywhere. HA! I don’t have a particular routine that I truly, absolutely, no matter what have to stick to. *I know… bad, bad, bad Tracey!* BUT! I do listen to my inner voice when it speaks. By getting an idea out, I have found others pop up. You begin to notice things and be inspired by them. It could be an animal or a child. It could be a situation or a setting. Who cares if it makes sense!???! Just dump them on the page and see where it goes.
One great way to come up with ideas is creating “how tos” or “guidelines” in your stories. I’ve done this with an idea today! Yay!!! Not every one thinks the same way or knows how to do this. So why not write about it? Know a child who knows how to be awesome? Or knows how to build the biggest building ever? Writing lists and then giving them plot twist and arcs can be tricky, but in the end what kid wouldn’t like to know the 10 steps in finding the end of the rainbow?
Part of picture books is… *wait for it…* PICTURES! You can thank me later. 😉 I would say 99.99999999999999999999999% (<— Yes, that is the true number) of the time I come up with a new idea it is with a picture in my head. Character, setting, situation… all are visuals. I then let it blossom into where my idea wants to go. While being a writer has it’s limits, I still thumbnail sketch my scenes, making sure I have enough movement with the text to carry me through pages. As an illustrator, I can add description into the picture to deepen the story, give it a different angle than the text, and make it more concrete for the reader. Pictures are a powerful thing. I’m glad that that is part of my journey as a writer.
So, here I am at DAY 12 with 10 IDEAS. Yeppers, 10!!! Starting to catch up.
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