Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My ABCs of Inspiration: A is for Alliteration

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"!


  1. Have you read the inspirational post on Tara's blog yet? You'll laugh when you do... (Off you go now... :P)

    Funnily enough, one of my ideas today was inspired by that post - and now I see you plucking turkeys - from a totally different source of inspiration. Topic might be the same, but content and story will be completely different.

    Btw, I love your ten talking turkeys from Timbuktu - and their kooky cousins from Kalamazoo.

  2. @kat - that is so funny! I had glanced at the article, but I didn't read all the way down it yet and there are turkeys! Turkeys on the brain for everyone!

  3. So Cute! I'm going to try this tonight!

  4. I can see the query letter now: 'In the style of Brenda Reeves Sturgis' Ten Turkeys in the Road, my completely original book Ten Talking Turkeys from Timbuktu is a hoot!'
    Too funny, you've made my day!
    p.s. you'd better still write it, it sounds awesome.

  5. Kalamazoo is so much fun to say. And for a while, I had a cousin who lived there, too! LOL!