I can't think of a story idea...

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

You’ve always wanted to write a picture book but you just can’t think of anything to write about. The hardest part that I’ve come across with writing, in general, is finding your spark.

Many aspiring writers just don’t understand how seasoned authors can take a falling leaf from a tree and turn it into a whimsical adventure in the forest. Or how in the middle of shopping at the grocery store they spot a rotten tomato and a few months later, they release a book of the same rotten tomato getting made fun of on the farm.

I’m going to tell you the same secret that I tell my students: not everyone has that ability. Does that mean you can’t be an author? ABSOLUTELY NOT. You don’t need to find a story in every place you go. You just need to find your spark.

Your WHY.

Why do you want to be an author? Do you have a lesson that you feel needs to be taught? Or a message that you want to portray? Or maybe even a silly cute cat that you think will bring joy to others, not just yourself? No one can tell you your WHY. Your spark—as cliche as it sounds —can only come from you. If you’re writing just because you think it’s an easy way to make money, I feel the need to inform you...it’s not.

You CAN make writing books your career.

You CAN be successful.

But writing solely for money isn’t a spark. It’s not a WHY. It’s easy for readers to spot the difference between authors writing to get rich and writing with meaning.

Can’t pinpoint your spark? You just KNOW you want to be an author?

That’s okay too.

It’ll come to you, maybe not today but it will. Until then ask yourself: what does this next generation of children need to hear from me?


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