I’ve fallen off the wagon.
This last year has felt out of sorts.
In the last two months, we have…
…said goodbye to our dog of fifteen years
…our 3.5 yr old daughter left the daycare she had been at since she was four months old and started at a new preschool
…we sold our house
…we bought a new house and did a large remodel in thirty days
…then we moved and went right into having house guests visit
All that to say, I need some routine in my life. Especially in my writing.
My birthday was this week and I’d like to start the year off right.
I want to help you gain a feeling of accomplishment too. So whether you have thought it would be fun to write your own children’s book, or you just need a new goal to flex your creative muscle, I’ve got something for you!
Come November, you often hear the writing community discussing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Their goal is to finish a 50k word manuscript in the month of November.
It’s a great goal, but it doesn’t translate to those of us that want to write children’s books.
So in an effort to get motivated and try something new, I’m challenging myself to write 30 children’s books in 30 days. One book a day in the month of November,
Sure, these will not all be gems. I know that. But the goal is all about creating routine and space for creativity to come out.
Want to write 30 stories too??? I’m starting #ChiBoWriMo (Children’s Book Writing Month), and you can join me!
(yes I totally just made up #ChiBoWriMo)
Read on for thirty writing prompts to keep you motivated. Then use #ChiBoWriMo online if you want to share your progress for accountability.
#ChiBoWriMo: 30 Writing Prompts for Children’s Books
- Write a story about a pet
- Write a short, silly rhyme for 1-3 yr olds (think Sandra Boynton)
- Write a story about a bubble bath gone wrong
- Write a story where they live in a strange location (spaceship, treehouse, etc)
- Write a story about how to promote kindness in the world
- Write a story about ice cream
- Write a story about kids that sell something
- Write a story about a free day with no routine
- Write a story about a unique animal
- Write a story explaining how you would make new friends if you moved to a new place
- Write a story about a grumpy object
- Write a story about a hair cut
- Write a story about something strange happening at the library
- Write a story that has a game element to it
- Write a story about an animal that is part of the circus
- Write a story about a secret door
- Write a story that pulls from a fond childhood memory
- Write a story on a hot topic for kids (use google to research)
- Write a story that has a character with a growth mindset
- Write a poem
- Write a story about a food eating contest
- Write a story about a shocking gift from a crazy aunt
- Write a story about the profession you wanted as a kid
- Write a story that revolves around one emotion
- Write a story about a child that woke up and was all of a sudden an adult
- Write a story about a never-ending supply of something totally normal (floss, paper plates, shoes, etc)
- Write a story about your car breaking down and having to ride your bike everywhere
- Write a story about waiting in line for a very long time (think about everything you might observe)
- Write a story about never growing up
- Write a story about something random you find in a junk drawer
Now I’m off to do ALL the Halloween things. Thankfully I finally had kids so that I don’t have to be the creepy adult trick or treater in the neighborhood – anymore-:)