I just completed Tara Lazar’s very creative PiBoIdMo activity for authors to come up with 30 picture books ideas, (one a day) during November’s Picture Book Month. I succeeded with 35 ideas, with five or six real strong possibilities. I found the challenge just what I needed at this time. Procrastination can take over. As a journalist for 40 years, I know there is nothing like the pressure of a deadline to work wonders with my imagination.
I enjoyed the thoughtful articles posted daily by Tara from authors sharing their experiences with ideas and writing. The Facebook interaction was terrific. Such a very supportive community of authors working together to perfect their craft! But, what struck me the most was the day Tara had 9–year-old Erik, who writes a blog called This Kid Reviews Books, share what he learned from PiBoIdMo. Yes Erik, you are right, many of us wish we could think like a kid. And your comments about the game you played to see how many ideas you could come up with on your way home from school — impressive. You opened my eyes and I’m looking too!
Tara, it was a great month! I had a ball and I will look forward to next year’s challenge!
With 35 ideas, it only makes sense to join Julie Hedlund’s challenge 12×12 Picture Books in 2012! Julie, your timing is perfect. Again, I will have to commit to drafting 12 picture books ideas (one a month) in the next year. I hesitated and am among the last to sign up. But I realize that making the commitment and the deadline pressure will come to my aid once again! A new challenge in the New Year! Thanks Julie!