PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo

Last weekend, I had a critique group meeting.  Wow.  I am almost the only person on earth not doing NaNoWriMo.  Stephanie had done some of the “pre-writing” on her new novel and she’s just taken off.  Jeanie is using NaNoWriMo to jump start a pre-existing project.  She had written the very beginning but needed to get back into it and this was just the right opportunity.

I’ve been doing PiBoIdMo, known to the English speaking world as Picture Book Idea Month.  Granted, I am 2 ideas behind but all of the ideas I’ve come up with are pretty darn good.  Not surprisingly, just over half my ideas are nonfiction.

Working with all of these picture book ideas has also inspired me to pull an old manuscript back out and perfect it.  Laughing yet?  Sure, I worked on the voice, but apparently that wasn’t the big problem.  My big problem seems to be that I don’t have a single thematic focus.  Nope.  I have something like 4.  Honestly, it was one of those things that was SO obvious when Stephanie and Lynnea pointed it out that I have to wonder why I couldn’t see it for myself.

Tightening the thematic focus will also, almost certainly, cut the word count.  Not that, at 800 words,  it is horrifically long, but I sure would like to finish with closer to 600 words.  Now’s my chance.

How is everyone else coming with their Picture Book and Novel goals for November?