That’s right! I do solemnly swear that I have faithfully executed the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge, and will, to the best of my ability, parlay my ideas into picture book manuscripts.
This was my second year as a PiBoIdMo participant, and it’s hard to believe, but the experience was even better than last year. First, the amazing PiBo host, Tara Lazar, brought us an amazing array of picture book authors and experts on her blog. They shared their wisdom, their methods for generating ideas, and their techniques for taking ideas to the next phase – a completed picture book.
Second, many participants gathered on Facebook where we were able to get to know each other better, support one another and share our experience. So a huge THANK YOU to Tara for bringing us this hugely inspirational and FUN event!
Since one of my lessons learned from last year was to avoid censoring ideas as they came into my head, I wrote them down before I had too much time to overthink them. This year, I also added a sentence or two, or even a few words about the idea under the title to trigger my memory later because last year, I only wrote titles or snippets. In some cases, when I reviewed the list later, I couldn’t recall the crux of the idea.
Finally, as I said at the beginning of this year’s PiBoIdMo, my main challenge is taking the ideas and actually turning them into completed picture book drafts. I find that once I have a draft, I can experiment with the story until I know whether or not it has potential and if it is worth doing the deep revisions and critique group rounds. However, I have a poor track record of getting those first drafts down.
By now many of you know my solution to this problem: My new 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge. If you haven’t heard of it yet, follow the link and check it out. We already have 88 participants signed up, but there is still room for YOU!
Tara also deserves a huge share of thanks for the response to the 12 x 12 challenge. If it weren’t for all the fantastic momentum we’ve built this past month, I don’t think there would be as much interest in continuing to work together as we draft those PBs!
Thanks again to Tara, and here’s to writing 12 picture book drafts in 2012!Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Children's Books, PiBoIdMo, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Julie Hedlund, PiBoIdMo, Picture Books, Tara Lazar, Works in Progress, Writer, Writing