At this very moment, thousands of bleary-eyed authors are attempting t0 write an entire 50,000 word novel in 30 days while also coming to terms with the looming specters of polar vortexes and Thanksgiving reunions. This is because of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a noble but well nigh impossible, 30-day marathon for the Schwarzeneggers of the literary world.
"But what about those of us who write books with pictures," you ask, "and, you know, not so many words? What are we supposed to do with our Novembers?"
Well, thanks to a gracious author named Tara Lazar, we children's authors have our answer!
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Tara's solution is called PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), and the task is very simple: create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. That’s it. There are no other rules. You don’t need to submit anything at the end of the month, and your ideas can be as terrible or unrefined as you’ll allow them to be.
Sounds fun, right? But wait there's more! On Tara's site you get to read amazing daily blog posts by fellow authors and illustrators, as well as comment to win potential prizes. Click here to find out more.
So, now that it’s mid-November, what has PiBoIdMo done for me so far?
Well, I have generated about a dozen decent ideas, I find I am smiling more, and last night I rolled over in a hypnogogic state (thanks google) because I just had to write the following name down in the dark:
Let us see what becomes of him.