Rick Walton, author of the new picture book I Need My Own Country!, has an amazing online picture book course with lots of tips and strategies for picture book writing. I love this quote:
"The farther you go, the deeper you dig, the more creative the ideas get."
Rick Walton, Step 4: Brainstorm Story Ideas
Rick's website includes a fantastic compliation of places to get more ideas. Some suggestions from Rick's list:
- Adapt a Folktale, Fairytale or Fable
- Answer a Question
- Start wth Random Characters, Conflicts, Locations (this one is so much fun)
For the full list, check out Step 7: Find More Ideas for Stories.
What resources do you turn to when you're stuck for ideas?