I started doing Storystorm in 2016, but back then it was called PiBoIdMo. It was a horrible name. A play on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it was short for Picture Book Idea Month. I like the new name, Storystorm, much better.
So what is Storystorm?
Storystorm is a month-long idea generation challenge created by children’s picture book author Tara Lazar. It’s held in January each year, so if you complete the challenge to come up with 30 new picture book ideas by the end of January, you start the year with more than enough inspiration to keep you writing through December.
In 2016, I ended up with 20 ideas—not enough to count as a win. I won in 2017 with 35 ideas, but came up short again in 2018 with only 12. This year, I finished the challenge with 45 new picture book ideas! I’m excited to see what I can turn them into.
My 2019 Storystorm Ideas
They say that ideas are a dime a dozen. The truth is that ideas come easily to me. I keep lists of them–not just for picture books, but for products, games, business ideas, and so on. I’m never going to live long enough to use them all, so there’s no reason to hoard them and keep them for myself. If you like one of these ideas and decide to use it, I’d appreciate it if you let me know what you did with it.
Note: The 100-year anniversary ideas are based on the year 2024 because it takes time for books to get written and published.
- The first day of clown school.
- It’s going to hurt (doctor/dentist visit).
- Polly Possum’s Posies (sometimes an idea comes to me as a title).
- Cockroach Explosion! (Don’t ask!)
- Tiny ferocious beast that wants to kill you!
- The Tiniest Tiger
- Producer pigeon goes on strike.
- The Timid Trout
- A story about a goat that keeps escaping.
- Mama cow gets separated from her calf.
- Dolphin to the Rescue!
- A guitar-playing goldfish
- 100th anniversary of the Schröder House being built.
- 100th anniversary of the Castle Gate mine disaster.
- 100th birthday of Marlon Brando.
- 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act.
- George Herber Walker Bush 100th birthday in 2024.
- James Baldwin’s 100th birthday.
- Jimmy Carter’s 100th birthday.
- 100th anniversary of IBM.
- 100th anniversary of J. Edgar Hoover being appointed head of the FBI.
- 100th anniversary of Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming being elected as the first woman governor in the US.
- 100th anniversary of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- 100th birthday of Sarah Vaughan, African American jazz singer.
- 100th birthday of Shirley Chisholm, first black woman elected to the US Congress.
- 100th anniversary of the Benwood Mine Disaster in West Virginia.
- Two big mine disasters in one year.
- What was life like for immigrants in 1924?
- 100th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1924.
- The Wrigley Building in Chicago was completed in May 1924.
- US Army planes complete the first round-the-world flight.
- The first winter Olympics was held in France in February 1924.
- Ellis Island converted to a detention and deportation point.
- Willem Einthover wins the Nobel Prize for the electrocardiogram.
- 100th birthday of Lee Iacocca.
- A story about a community experiencing a drought.
- Story about the terraces in China.
- Dog meets porcupine.
- Snake patrol.
- An encounter with a mad mama pig.
- A girl who loves playing dress-up.
- A girl who loves bags and purses.
- A girl who has a special pair of pants she loves so much she wants to wear them all the time.
- A story about a young girl who wants to be an entrepreneur.
- I’m going to keep this one secret because I’m already working on it. Gotta give you something to look forward to, right?