Wednesday, November 04, 2015

PiBoIdMo: Accidentally On Purpose

It's November again, and that means NaNoWriMo for some, PiBoIdMo for others, and for a few of them maybe even both!

But not me. I'm in no shape to do both challenges this year. So, PiBoIdMo it is for me!

It's day 4, and already I have FOURTEEN ideas in my Picture Book Idea Month journal. (See it there on the left? I decided to get out my markers and make a colorful title page for it.)

Fourteen ideas in four days isn't too shabby, right? So, how did I do it?

A few of my new ideas came from a couple short brainstorming sessions with Corey. But the others I just sort of happened upon. Accidentally on purpose.

Do you know that scene in the movie Forest Gump, in which the feather floats on a breeze until it finally lands at Forest's feet? That's what I mean when I say "accidentally on purpose."

You see, when I have my PiBoIdMo journal open on my lap, I usually just let my mind wander. I'll stare out the window, look around the room, or sometimes even close my eyes. And then I just float around on a breeze until I settle on an idea. Sometimes the idea is so faint that it nearly blows away on a breeze of its own. Other times the idea is as solid as a lump of clay, ready for me to shape it into a story.

I'm certain that I'll have 30 or more ideas by the end of November. And if I'm truly fortunate, a few of them will make it out of the idea book and into a Word document, and beyond!

What about you? Are you participating in a writing challenge this month?


  1. Yes, I am! I'm also in PiBoIdMo, and at this point (halfway through the month; sorry I didn't see your post earlier) I have 23 shiny new ideas. Well, some of them are shiny. Some are a bit rusty and dented and some are just plain smelly. But I have ideas! And two of them I love.

  2. You are on a roll, Joanne! I have a couple that I am crazy about too. But some of those stinkers may turn out to be winners. You never know!


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