PiBoIdMo is over! I have over 30 lovely picture book ideas just waiting for me to write them. I immensely enjoyed my first Picture Book Idea Month hosted by Tara Lazar at Writing for Kids While Raising Them. Each day in November a writer or illustrator posted advice, experiences, and inspiration to light a spark for participants gathering story ideas.
It got me thinking, daydreaming really, about being famous one day (as I sometimes do to gain inspiration). What would I write in my PiBoIdMo post? How would I inspire others to develop ideas for children's stories?
I loved the idea generator posts the most including the idea mash up by Diana Murray and brainstorming in themes by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
So, here's my suggestion. Write a picture book "like (fill in celebrity) would write."
Some of my friends are anti-celebrity book, so I'm not suggesting celebrities literally writing. I'm merely saying don a persona of someone interesting and write from his or her perspective.
How would it impact one of your ideas if Oscar the Grouch was writing it? I bet it would be far more stinky and delightfully trashy.
"I'm Steven Tyler and I'm going to yell/sing this book to youuuuuuu!" Just how loud and screechy could your book become?
"This here's Aretha Franklin, and you need to get to reading this book now or I'm going to give you something to think about." You better give your manuscript some respect!
"Mr. T pities the fool who doesn't turn the page. Bop! I made you turn the page and then I headbutted you. Alright now turn the next page real slowly. Bop! I headbutted you again. Fool!"
Or Lady Gaga. Ooh. Wouldn't she push the story a little further into a dark wilderness than you have? She would search for the perfect word to make you hold your breath; and then do it over and over again. And the colors. You can see the pictures can't you? Bold and vibrant in crisp shapes on black backgrounds.
So which celebrity's voice would you like to try on for a day?