Check Out This Goldmine for Story Patterns and Ideas

If you write fantasy or books for children, here’s a treasure trove of information. It lists the categories of folktales. You can plug the descriptions into Google and find examples in a wink.

Aarne–Thompson classification system – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!

I found this wonderful site through the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page. It is from a summer challenge that lasted eight weeks. That means you can check out seven more of these delightful idea machines! If you are in need of wild fiction inspiration, click on the link below and you are sure to find help.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!.


Hit Movies in 2012 Show Why It’s All About Learning Genres

Truby discusses the art of combining genres to create hits. This can be useful even if you don’t write screenplays.

Hit Movies in 2012 Show Why It’s All About Learning Genres.

Free Novel Writing Goodies in Honor of NaNoWriMo |

There’s a treasure trove of terrific free downloads for novelists on this blog. You can reap the benefits even if you dropped out of NaNoWriMo or never signed up! Zip over there and collect.

NaNoWriMo Tips |

Write a Poem About Birth

We are nearing the end of the Poem a Day challenge on Robert Lee Brewer’s blog. It has been an interesting experience. I will either continue with my own prompts or find another community. You are certainly welcome to join me by posting in the comments.

Today’s prompt at PAD is to write a poem about giving birth. Click on the link to add your own. You can join in any time.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29 | Birth Poem | Experience |

Here’s mine:

I kept telling

myself that

the Queens of England

did this

as I lay on the table

under blazing lights

coming undone

the most

private places

in full view

of strangers,

And then, the doctor

said, “He’s going

to be smart.”

A nurse said,

“What a pretty

little face.”

It was like

the blessing

in a fairy tale,

especially when

eyes still blue

as heaven

cast their

virgin gaze

on me.

Linda Armstrong, 11/29/2012, All rights reserved.

Make a Story Map to Unearth Buried Memories

Click on the link below for a terrific method to generate story ideas. It works best for children’s books, but it could work for adult trade authors too. It’s simple, fun, and very effective! I encountered it on the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page.


450+ Things That Kids Like « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

If you write books for kids, here’s a list you won’t want to be without. It is sure to inspire a million ideas (and memories). It’s from author and Picture Book Idea Month maven Tara Lazar.

450+ Things That Kids Like « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Sunday Starter: Endings – StoryMagician

From picture book author Marsha Diane Arnold, here’s an exercise to warm up your story-telling engines. She challenges writers to read four picture books and write new endings for them. She offers some suggestions, but you can choose your own. Be sure to use recent books. Your local librarian can offer suggestions.

Sunday Starter: Endings – StoryMagician.

Flavorwire » The Artist and the Critic: 8 Famous Author/Editor Relationships

If you need some inspiration from the greats, take a look at this article about authors and their editors. I have worked with some amazing editors in the educational publishing business. (I’d like to find an article about the relationship between some famous authors and their agents, too.)

Flavorwire » The Artist and the Critic: 8 Famous Author/Editor Relationships.