Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ten Reasons PiBoIdMo is a Good Idea

Each year in November, while novelists all over the world are furiously trying to write 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo, children's book author Tara Lazar hosts Picture Book Idea Month (or PiBoIdMo). The goal is simple: come up with 30 new picture book ideas in 30 days. An idea can be as basic as a title, or as complicated as a plot summary. But the point is to grab hold of each idea as soon as it strikes so that you have a go-to list for possible projects.

Picture Book Idea Month is a good idea for any picture book author, even those who've been around for a while. And here's why:

1. Purposely seeking out new ideas, rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, changes your perspective (thinking outside the box and all that).  

2. Brainstorming helps get creative juices flowing.

3. Filling a notebook (or a few pages of one) with ideas helps you feel productive, especially during writing slumps.

4. PiBoIdMo gives you an excuse to read more picture books.

5. Lists are fun!

6. Old PiBoIdMo lists can be excellent sources for renewed inspiration (don't throw them out!).

7. It will help you let go of the need to be perfect. Every idea counts, no matter how flawed or incomplete it is!

8. You might stumble across that gem of an idea that will lead to a book deal.

9. Networking with lots of other creative, supportive children's book authors.

10. The chance to win prizes! Really, what more reason do you need than that?

I'll be participating in PiBoIdMo again this year. How about you?

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