By Melissa Stoller
There are many saying that include the month of May. If you are searching for writing ideas this month, try exploring the following adages and brainstorm possible story plots, characters, titles, and opening or closing lines. Throw out some word associations and let your mind wander. You never know what might bloom in May!
1) APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS - Jot down ideas centering on rain showers, puddles, thunder, storms, flowers, gardening, parks, and more. Or write about a situation that started off one way and turned into something new entirely.
2) HELLO, MAY! OPEN OUR EYES TO THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD - Walk outside and notice the wonders of nature. Write about your neighborhood as a setting. Or use your imagination to create a new fantasy world filled with beauty. Create a word bank with synonyms for the word beautiful, and for words describing our world.
3. ALL THINGS SEEM POSSIBLE IN MAY - Brainstorm possibilities. Ask questions - what if X happened? What would Y do in that situation? Is that really possible? Could that occur . . . or could a character make it happen? See where your questioning takes you as you consider all possible situations and outcomes for a particular character.
Enjoy exploring during the month of May, and cheers to all the flowery, beautiful, possible ideas you will conjure up. And for those fans of Stars Wars, "May the (creativity) force be with you!"
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection - Return to Coney Island and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush; Ready, Set, GOrilla!; and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories. Planting Friendship: Peace, Salaam, Shalom (co-written with Callie Metler and Shirin Rahman, illustrated by Kate Talbot), released from Clear Fork Publishing in October, 2021. Melissa is a Blogger and Course Assistant for the Children’s Book Academy, a Rate Your Story judge, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a volunteer with SCBWI/MetroNY, and a founding member of The Book Meshuggenahs. She also interviews authors on her blog, This Writing Life, and offers book tips and resources. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. She lives in New York City with her family, and enjoys theatre, museums, and Wordle! www.MelissaStoller.com
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now tradtionally pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.