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Storystorm 2021 Day 22: Kjersten Hayes Turns One Idea into Ten

by Kjersten Hayes Here we are, Storystorm day 22—how’s it going? Do you have 22 shiny new picture book ideas? If yes, hooray! If not… There’s still time! In my book THE ELEPHANTS’ GUIDE TO HIDE-AND-SEEK, the main character is invited to play a game,

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Storystorm 2021 Day 20: Margaret Chiu Greanias Mines Failed Stories

by Margaret Chiu Greanias  Since 2020, I’ve been distracted. By the pandemic. By my kids being home twenty-four seven (hello distance learning!). By the election. My creative energy, like my time, has been sapped. But one thing that invigorates me, even during times like these,

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Storystorm 2021 Day 17: Katey Howes Doesn’t Refrain from Refrains

by Katey Howes Happy 2021, StoryStormers! How is the month of brainstorming treating you so far? Maybe your idea engine is chugging steadily along with an “I think I can, I think I can,” attitude. You might feel your creativity bouncing out of control like

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Storystorm 2021 Day 15: Mike Ciccotello is Unpredictable

by Mike Ciccotello We’ve all heard that critique from an editor, “It’s too predictable.” And then, we pull out the rejection Bingo Card and fill in a spot. Coming up with an unexpected concept is challenging. There are plenty of ways we can apply this

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Storystorm 2021 Day 13: Joana Pastro Makes Lists

by Joana Pastro In my 2020 StoryStorm post, I talked about always having my senses on, and my brain ready to make the necessary connections to generate ideas. But then the pandemic turned our lives upside-down, and somewhere along the way, I lost the habit