ABC – Day 9 – Ideas for your book

Where did you get your idea?

Where did you get your idea?

Describe how the idea for your book first came to you. Where were you? Who was the first person you told? How did they respond?

For my chapter books, the ideas come to me at different times, from different experiences.

With Swallow Me, NOW!, the idea started with a snippet. I had written a picture book called My Mummy is Evil and wrote a snippet with the main character telling her classmates that her mother is an Evil Overlord. When the Chapter Book Challenge came along, I used that snippet and built the story around it. My kids were the first people I told, and they loved the idea, especially as some of the scenes are based on things that happened to them.

The current chapter books I’m working on are also based on things that happened – one is something my son did earlier this year, and one is something I wish had happened in Grade Six when I was doing interschool sport. The ideas come to me at strange times – in the shower, driving, in a dream, when I’m doing anything other than trying to think of an idea. As these are books for kids, I try them out on my boys first and if they pass the initial interest test, I keep writing.

When I write flash fiction, the ideas also come from the strangest places, or they could come from a writing prompt. Inspiration can strike in the strangest of places.


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  1. Strange how ideas come at odd places and times – but let’s hope they keep coming.

  2. Interesting! Good you have your boys to try out your ideas on!

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