This month of November as many picture book writers know is PiBoIdMo or picture book idea month. This phenomenon is the brain child of Tara Lazar in which writers can hatch an idea a day all during the month of November. Then as the New Year comes along they flesh out those ideas and write a manuscript. And if one is diligent, will have twelve manuscripts by the end of the following year to shop to publishers.
The image above is the one by Diane de Las Casas for Picture Book Month and the one I have on the side bar is the one from Tara Lazar for writing down an idea a day during Picture Book Idea Month. Confusing isn’t it? I get confused by them so thought I’d clear that up.
There is even a group that splintered off from PiBoIdMo that was called 12×12 in 2012 that Julie Hedlund created . Stacy Jensen wrote a blog post about the 12×12 in 2012 and it went strong all year long. I wonder if there will be something similar for 2013.
I have followed along in the wings having not had enough courage to join while the campaign sign up was going on. I wish I had though. The support from fellow writers would have been so appreciated. And the goal setting. Having a picture book out once a month would have been unbelievable.
Now I am bereft of ideas. Am so far behind I am embarrassed to have the image in my sidebar for it. And yes if you click n it, it doesn’t send you to Tara Lazar’s site. It sends you to Beth Stilborn’s. It seems I was backward in even getting this image down. But the info is the same. The idea is the same. Get an idea. Any idea for a picture book and write it down. Save it. You need do nothing else today. Later the work comes and then it will be doable. Flesh it out if you want. Do it if you want. Skip a day, too if needed. 🙂
Even if you come away with only one or two ideas this month. Be gentle. It’s one or two you didn’t have before. And then when December comes? Flesh it out. Play with it. Make a dummy or two. You have nothing to lose. Are you with me? Have heart, there are still a few days left.
Are you doing Picture Book Idea Month? How far have you gotten?
- Don’t Be Afraid…Go Ahead…Write Picture Books! (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Draft a Picture Book Every Day for a Month (onewaytowonder.wordpress.com)
- Pi Bo Id Mo: Throw me a deadline & I will write a story (mummumstheword.wordpress.com)
- November celebrates the Picture Book Idea Month. (prathambooks.org)