Picture Book Idea Month

This year I’m joining author Tara Lazar for PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month. It’s an alternative to National Novel Writing Month that also takes place in November (something I tried once and failed at miserably). 

Tara started PiBoIdMo in 2008, after realizing there was nothing for kidlit authors and illustrators who don’t write novels. Since then, she’s had hundreds of others join her. Here’s what she has to say:

***Registration is open NOW through November 4th. Click here.*** 

Tired of novelists having all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers. 

The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas. You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass. 

Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories. 

PiBoIdMo was first held in 2008 by a party of one—me! Then I hosted it on my blog for the first time in 2009. Each year the number of participants has doubled. In 2011 we had over 600 writers following PiBoIdMo. And now 2012 promises to be bigger and better! 

Registration begins on October 24th and ends on November 4th. Then in early December you will be asked to take the PiBoIdMo Pledge stating you have completed the challenge with at least 30 ideas. 

Writers who register and pledge will be eligible for prizes:

  • Feedback from literary agents
  • Original sketches by picture book illustrators
  • Picture book critiques from published authors
  • Signed picture books
  • Jewelry
  • Other Cool Stuff

I’m the sort of writer who has to fight for new ideas, and while a month seeking them out will be a challenge, it will also be a wonderful opportunity to stretch and learn with the support of other writers doing the same. Please let me know below if you too are participating!

Thanks to Ward Jenkins for the fun PiBoIdMo banner.

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  1. says

    Caroline, I participated in 2010 and I’m still fleshing out some of those ideas! So PiBoIdMo is an inspiration for anyone who has trouble getting started. I wasn’t going to participate again, but your post reminded me that there are prizes like critiques and feedback from professionals! Hmm…

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