As I travel to different schools, I explain to children that ideas for my stories have been based on real events in my life. Being a teacher for thirty years, it wasn’t unusual for me to hear children talking about being tired of something. The idea for my children’s books, Tired of My Bath, Tired of School and Tired of Being Different developed from those conversations.
Ideas for stories can come not only from events, but also from photographs. Recently, a friend of mine sent me a photograph of when I was a little girl. In it was my mom, dad, a friend and her son. I had never seen that picture before and could only image why it was taken and where. Because of not knowing any of the details, the sky’s the limit in writing my story. I’m only limited by imagination.
Do you have a photo of your family in which you don’t know details, like who’s in the picture or where it was taken? If so, it’s time to get out pencil and paper and start writing. You never know where your imagination will take you. I’d love to hear your stories.