Here is a list of questions that was sent to me by my good friend Liz Lynch. they should help to generate ideas for writing for children if you can’t think of anything to write about:
- How could you apply the most important thing you’ve learnt growing up to a children’s book?
- What does loss mean to you?
- What did loss mean to you as a child?
- What made you feel the most secure as a child?
- What made your childhood books special?
- What was the scariest thing that ever happened to you when you were a child?
- What was the scariest thing that happened to you as an adult?
- What was the scariest thought you had as a child?
- What was the worst lie you ever told?
- What was your best school experience?
- What was your favourite age?
- What was your favourite book as a child?
- What was your favourite book as a teenager?
- What was your greatest fear and why?
- What was your greatest happiness as a child and why?
- What was your scariest dream?
- What was your worse school experience?
- What would you choose to dream about?
- Where did the monsters live?
- Who / what were the monsters?
- Who was your best friend when you were growing up and why were they your best friend?
Along with your imagination and notebook, you also need to develop ‘awareness’. If you walk through life with tunnel vision, not noticing what is going on, your stories will be just as bland. Make yourself think about what is happening around you. Go where you can hear kids talk. Volunteer to help hear readers at your local school.
Volunteer to help out in the classroom, or better yet, at lunchtime! Children really show their true colours in an informal environment.
Do not overlook other places that may generate usable suggestions such as shopping centres, leisure centres or the park.
If some where sparks your imagination, check it out. Get yourself out and about and ideas will happen!