Storystorm Day 1: Idea 1.

Storystorm is a movement- yeah I think I could call it a movement- created by Tara Lazar in which writers take on the challenge of coming up with a picture book idea a day for the month of January. It’s a month of brainstorming for stories. Hence, Storystorm. The goal is to end the month with 30 new ideas to have in the holster.

Sounds like fun, so I’m going to try it. I don’t imagine I’ll find too many gems here, but I hope to mine for some coal that can be refined over time and polished into diamonds. I don’t know if gems come from coal, but it’s all rocks (are gems even rocks, actually? I could just look it up, but I’m not going to. I’m saving my effort for the actual ideas, not the metaphor about the ideas). And I’m going to share my ideas here, and hopefully turn this into a collaborative experience. I’ll throw out the initial impulse, and hopefully it’ll inspire something in someone else, and inspire something else in someone else and who knows how many different stories can be inspired from one seed. All I ask is you add something to the initial idea in the comments, show how you’re making it your own and taking it somewhere further than it was when you found it. Then I give you my blessing to take it.

So here we go:

This being the first time I’m taking part in Storystorm, and it’s the first day of the new year and the first time Storystorm is taking place in January and starting on the first day of a new year, I feel like centering this first story idea around the beginning of things.

I feel like there’s a story about starting things off with such optimism, clean of any faults or scars or stains, but nothing stays perfect forever. But that doesn’t mean it was a failure. It means it was used. It tried.

Maybe this story is about a child with a new toy. Or better yet, a new ball or instrument. A first ball or instrument, or some object that requires more active participation that results in better performance. And through the participation, through practicing and getting better at this action, the object is beaten down and broken. And the child gets upset, but then realizes it’s nothing to get upset about. Things aren’t supposed to stay perfect. If the object stays perfect, then life isn’t happening, and we’re not moving forward.

And that’s the start of that idea, and the start of my Storystorm experience.

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