PiBoIdMo Day 2: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s Math Lesson

As you are aware, each day I pop over to Tara Lazar’s blog checking out the author’s and post for the day to help me on the journey of creating 30 picture book ideas in 30 days.  Today, the lesson is PROBABILITY.

Author, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s stated,

“Think of it this way: if you come up with 30 characters over the next month (let’s call this variable C) with 30 definite story outcomes (this variable will be O), all you have is 30 ideas to work with. On the other hand, if you have 30 characters, each of whom has 30 story outcomes, you have many more possible ideas to develop. Mathematically, the total number of combinations represented by this formula:

Number of combinations = C x O

In this case, you end up with 30 x 30 = 900 story ideas at the end of PiBoIdMo. That’s accomplishing a lot, isn’t it?

Basically, separating your ideas into building blocks—into variables—allows you to have useful partial ideas. How many times have you realized that there really needs to be a book about a certain topic? Or come up with an adorable character for whom you can’t think up a story?”

I did not think about it that way. So I am going to brain storm. For today, I will create 5 character names with five outcome and play around with the wheel on the website and see if i can get some ideas.



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