Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I did it!

Throughout the month of November, Tara Lazar hosted a wonderful event called PiBoIdMo.  That's short for Picture Book Idea Month.  I suppose Tara started this for those who prefer to think about picture books instead of novels during November when all those brave novel-writers are struggling through NaNoWriMo (although some people participated in both!).

This was the first year I participated in PiBoIdMo (thanks to my writing group for the nudge) and I did it -- I came up with 30 (actually a few more) sparkly new ideas for picture books.  Some of them are just titles, some have characters and a conflict already, some are variations on a theme.  But it's enough to keep me busy for the next year (along with starting to write my second novel -- I'm a slow novel writer so NaNoWriMo isn't my cup of tea).

What about you?  Did you participate in either event?  Did you complete your task?  Would you try it again next year?


  1. YAY!!!! *tosses glitter and confetti*

    I didn't participate in either, but I did meet *most* of my November goals. So hey, that's something. :)

  2. Joanne, that's so cool! Tara was smart for thinking of that. Congrats! I want to come visit the store soon--any upcoming events? Hope you're well!

  3. Thanks, Shannon! *brushing confetti out of eyes* And good for you for meeting those goals. That's important too.

    Hi Frankie! Thanks! Hope you're well also. Yes, yes, there are events in December. I'll email you.

  4. Congrats!! I can't imagine how tough it is to come up with great picture book ideas.

    I didn't come near completing NaNo, as you saw on the blog, but I used November to start writing more frequently, and now I've scheduled writing time 4 days/week. I'm just excited that I'm writing this book a LOT faster than my first one!

  5. Yay, Donna! Any progress is progress. Actually, I'm impressed at your 4 day a week writing schedule (I don't always manage to do that -- although I'm nearly always THINKING about my latest project or two). Good for you!

  6. Oh, that's a cool idea.

    I had already started my wip before November, so my goal was to write 50,000 more words on my novel. Unfortunately, other things got in the way. My goal for December is to finish my first draft. :D

  7. Hi Stina! Good to see you here. Hey, 50K is a lot of words. It took me two years to write 36K! Hope you reach your goal this month.

  8. Congrats! I did it, too! (my second PiBo year) It was a lot of fun and I found the posts on Tara's blog to be super inspirational!

  9. Yay, Corey! So even published picture book authors need a nudge, eh?

    Yes, Tara Lazar is terrific. (Hmm... sounds like a picture book)


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