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:
I watched the swearing in of the 115th Congress today and Speaker Paul Ryan’s address in which he reached out to the minority party Democrats in the hopes of starting off on the right foot to get them to agree to work together on common efforts. For the sake of this thing here, I’m not going to get into the politics of that message. The point is, the message itself is important. It’s something Senator Cory Booker has put succinctly with “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” And that feels like it’s begging to be a children’s book.
I’m thinking two-four characters have to get somewhere. The same somewhere, and they can each only get halfway to a quarter of the way there by themselves, but together they can get all the way. And that’s it. That’s the skeleton, with a lot of room to add all kinds of meat.