While I do not NaNoWriMo, there is another November challenge that I participate in every year — Picture Book Idea Month or PiBoIdMo. The goal for PiBoIdMo is to come up with 30 picture book ideas throughout the month of November.
Ideally, you come up with one a day. Ideally.
I don’t think that I’ve ever done it quite like that but I also find that if I can come up with two or three ideas, I can normally come up with five or six. One simply leads to another. Coming up with one a day is much more difficult for me.
The great thing about PiBoIdMo is that you aren’t working in a vacuum. Like NaNoWriMo, you register and have the support of your peers. Tara Lazar is the brains behind PiBoIdMo and she invites a variety of people associated with picture book creation to write blog posts throughout the month; see left for the blogging schedule. There are also prizes to be had but I have to admit that I’m more into reading the blog posts and the brain storming.
I’m really looking forward to writing some new picture books during the upcoming year. And a big part of that will be brainstorming characters and other ideas. PiBoIdMo is what will get me going. Care to join me? Starting today you can register for this challenge here.