PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) ended on Monday. Going with the stated goals (30 ideas in 30 days), I have achieved success. I came up with 33 picture book ideas and 3 middle grade/ya ideas. What can I say? I don’t always brainstorm with a G-rating. All in all I have:
20 fiction ideas. Yeah, I’m surprised too. Me — Ms. Nonficiton author has 20 fiction ideas and NO straight-up nonfiction. Why do I say straight-up nonfiction? Because I have . . .
4 ideas that could go either way. As nonfiction they would have a faction feel. One would easily work as fiction. The others? I’m not as sure, but I really like 3 of them so will have to play with how to make them work best.
2 based on Bible stories
7 fractured fairy tales.
Out of those ideas, how many will I draft? You probably understand that I can’t give a definite answer because some ideas seem great until you try to write them and then . . . fizzle. That disclaimer aside there are thirteen that I definitely want to write including two zombie stories, a survival guide, a Columbus Day story that will be a cummulative tale, a stone soup type story, the fractured fairy tales and one involving food science. Those are the ones I’m most enthusiastic about but that could change. After all, I never intentionlly wrote down a bad idea.
There are also the seven ideas that might work. I don’t dislike them but I’m not sure. Sometimes if I let something like that percolate a solid idea will come together.
At the moment I’m working on Women in Sports. I should be done with that two weeks from today. During that time I’ll blog and work on the book and not much else although I might find time to outline a picture book. How will I choose which one to do first? None of them are more timely than the others so I’ll skim the list and see which one catches my attention.
I hope that your PiBoIdMo brainstorming yielded some results that you can turn into picture books!