PiBoIdMo 2011 is in the bag! What an amazing experience! As someone new to writing (picture books) this year, I don’t think one can do better than to participate in Picture Book Idea Month, launched by Tara Lazar coupled with Picture Book Month, headed up by Dianne de las Casas. The inspiration and practical help daily on these two sites during the month of November have been phenomenal. Add to this the PiBoIdMo FB support group and all the #PictureBookMonth tweeting, and I feel saturated in picture book love. Kids who don’t have access to picture books are missing out on a truly foundational part of childhood, and one thing this month has brought to me is a renewed commitment to support projects committed to literacy and getting books into children’s hands.
Setting out, I had no idea if I would come up with 3O ideas. Also, knowing this is the busiest time of the year for me, I knew I would have no time to develop these ideas, so my goals were realistic. I planned simply to scribble down: titles, characters, problems and conflicts that could potentially be developed into stories. All my ideas were written in a Twilight notebook a writer friend gave me at the SCBWI conference this summer. I contemplated it, but confess none of my PB ideas include vampires, but why not? Am I too late to add #5O? I shall now transfer all these ideas to a more legible MAC docx.
Results: 49 ideas, including one draft written, which came out completely unplanned in rhyme. I suspect many of these ideas will be discarded or laid aside until they come to maturation. I am thrilled Julie Hedlund is setting up the 12×12 group, and will be more than happy if the result of PiBoIdMo 2011 is 12 manuscripts in 2012.
Once again, however, I think the highlight for me is “meeting” new writer friends and sharing our passion. I have certainly added some great new blogs to my GoogleReader! What a wonderful variety of writers we are; from across the world and aged almost-ten, Erik (from This Kid Reviews Books) to, well I was too polite to ask! But, there’s no wrong age to be a children’s writer!
Good luck with all your new stories, friends! And let me end with a Twilight quote, “Some things don’t have to end.” See you all around the FB PiBoIdMo page and back for next year’s challenge!