It’s almost November, and that means it is time once again for picture book author Tara Lazar’s answer to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That’s right – it’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). The rules are simple. Come up with one idea for a picture book every day for 30 days. (The adorable firefly mascot, courtesy of Bonnie Adamson, is complimentary)
Participants are also asked to repeat this pledge 10 times:
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.
So, I participated in PiBoIdMo last year, and when I saw the announcement for this year, I went back into my file of ideas from 2010. Here is the sad fact: I only turned one of those ideas into a bona fide picture book draft. Now, I am not saying I failed. I had a goal to have three completed, submission-ready picture books by the end of this year, and I will meet that goal. However, in looking at all of those shiny ideas, I realize I need to do better by them going forward.
So I’m taking the second part of Tara’s pledge — “[I] will, to the best of my ability, parlay my ideas into picture book manuscripts throughout the year” — to heart in 2012. How, you ask??
I am creating new challenge for myself, and I invite all PiBoIdMo participants to consider taking it with me. I am calling it 12 x 12 in 2012. I will take one idea each month from my stockpile of what will soon be 59 ideas (the 29 left over from PiBo last year plus 30 from this year) and write a picture book draft from that idea. At the end of 2012, I will have a minimum of 12 fully drafted PBs. 12 picture books in 12 months. Not necessarily submission-ready PBs mind you, but, at a minimum, completed first drafts. Those of us who also participate in National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) in May have the potential of completing 18 picture book drafts by the end of 2012.
Stay tuned, as I’ll be announcing particulars and sign-up in December so we’ll be ready to roll in January, 2012.
Anyone interested? Or are you all suffering from “writing-challenge fatigue?”Categories: Authors, Children's Books, PiBoIdMo, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 for 2012, Children's Books, Julie Hedlund, PiBoIdMo, Picture Books, Tara Lazar, Works in Progress, Writing