Think of this as your permission from the universe to write.
Each November I participate in a challenge with a daily goal of writing one children’s book a day. Yes, some of the stories stink, most really. But there are always a few bits of magic in there. And those little gems are the ones I try to massage later in to stories worth publishing.
The key is to do the massaging once the month is over. Having a perfect story by month end is not the goal. Creating thirty totally new stories is.
Here’s how the challenge works:
- Set aside thirty minutes a day, for 30 days straight
- Use one writing prompt, found below, per day
- You can go in order, or skip around, but finish every one – even the ones that don’t inspire you at first glance, because you want to stretch yourself to take on new subjects, perspectives, and ideas
- Use the hashtag #chibowrimo on social media to see what others are writing
- (Chibowrimo = Children’s Book Writing Month)
Every year I feel excited, and overwhelmed, by this challenge. But when I look back at the last five stories I published, each one started as part of a prompt from #chibowrimo
Now it’s your turn.
Don’t overthink it. Just print out the list of prompts, put it by a fresh notebook and pen, and set a reminder on your phone to get started on Nov. 1st.
If you want some other prompt options check out these, and pick your favorite.
The universe is ready to hear your stories. It’s time to let them out.
30 Stories in 30 Days, Children’s Book Writing Prompts:
- A story about a backpack full of…
- A story about an epic hike
- A story about a cell phone that only calls one person
- A story about an animal that lives abroad (ie: a pigeon in Paris)
- A story about a kidpreneur that makes money for someone in need
- A story about the Worst Teacher Ever
- A story that uses alliteration. Pick a letter of the alphabet before getting started.
- A Story about a topic kids find hilarious
- A story about caring for grumpy people or animals
- A story about how to clean a big mess
- A story about Plan B being better than Plan A
- A story about caring for something small and fragile
- A story about a person with an embarrassing secret
- A story about your new world record in…
- A story about a letter that gets lost in the mail and found again a year later
- Free Day, YOYO (Your on Your Own)
- A story about a Holiday with a twist
- A story about an adult that needs help from child
- A story that is a song, or has a rap in it, to teach something new
- A story about a train carrying a special surprise
- A story that is under 100 words
- A story about a magical item of clothing
- A story that is non fiction (but still interesting)
- A story about going to sleep
- A story that is a sequel to something else your wrote
- A story about finding $100 and having an internal debate about what to do with it
- A story about how you stopped the “bad guys”
- A story about how to stop anger in the world
- A story about being the first kid on the moon
- A story that includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas – bonus points for New Years too!