I'm going to start a series in honor of PiBoIdMo! Every day I'll give you a letter or two and match it to a way that I find inspiration. Hopefully you'll be able to find some too (whether you are NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo or just writing or even just searching for a little inspiration in your daily life).
So, A is for alliteration! I love to play with words to get story ideas and alliteration is a fun and easy way for anyone to play with words. All you are trying to do is come up with words that have the same starting sound. Even if the resulting alliteration doesn't end up in my story (because it rarely does), I can play my way to a story idea. For example, I was at the library yesterday when they were hanging Thanksgiving decorations. One of the librarians mentioned they didn't have many turkeys to hang up. Here is my resulting stream of consciousness: turkey...tom turkey...talk turkey...talking turkey...ten talking turkeys...ten talking turkeys from Timbuktu...ten talking turkeys from Timbuktu, call their kooky cousins in Kalamazoo.
Sounds like the start of a picture book idea, doesn't it?
Tune in tomorrow for "B" and "C"!