It’s been a loooong time since I last blogged. Everyday life often can get in the way of blogging (unfortunately), as well as time needed for drawing and writing.
But now that November is here I feel the need to blog about an amazing event that is open to anyone in the month of November: Picture Book Idea Month, or PiBoIdMo for short. PiBoIdMo is the brain child of Tara Lazar, and came as an offshoot of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
During the month of November, PiBoIdMo challenges you to come up with a new picture book idea (or more) during every day of the month. Some participants outdo themselves and come up with fifty ideas or more. You can sign up here.
Besides being a lot of fun, there is great camaraderie between other kid-lit picture book writers and illustrators, and also a chance to participate in an event that can lead to THIRTY new ideas for picture books as well as a chance of winning great prizes. At the end of the month you are asked to sign a pledge stating that you did indeed create 30 new picture book ideas. It’s based on an honor system, but kid-lit writers, I find, are an honest bunch.
After you register, then you can ask to join the Facebook Discussion group, where you will find an amazing group of people sharing ideas, links, accomplishments, and a lot of support!
So go ahead and take the pledge, participate, and HAVE FUN!
I do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute
the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge,
and will, to the best of my ability,
parlay my ideas into
picture book manuscripts
throughout the year.
If you are also an illustrator, then you can earn bonus points (sorry, not really actual bonus points, just bragging rights) by joining SkADaMo, which is Sketch a Day Month, created by the talented Linda Silvestri. There is no registration or Facebook page, but there is a lot of fun and encouragement between fellow illustrators! And way more illustrations in your sketchbook that otherwise may not have been there!
About the above rough sketch: Apparently this is some kind of a dog, I don’t know, a poodle mix or something. He seems happy as he writes and draws at the same time. I, on the other hand, tend to not handle multi-tasking such as this with a smile on my face, but usually with stress drops flying from my head. But it doesn’t mean that in the end I don’t enjoy a good challenge! And my mug of coffee is much larger!