I was not alone. There were 300+ participants in the Picture Book Idea Month challenge on Tara Lazar’s blog http://taralazar.wordpress.com/piboidmo2010/. Those of us who successfully spawned at least one new picture book idea per day for the month of November are the winners! We have generated 30 or more fresh ideas to explore, develop, combine, or even discard as we pursue our picture book writing journeys. The challenge was great fun, as we were spurred on by daily guest blog posts from talented authors, illustrators, agents and others in the picture book biz. Further enriching the experience was a creative, diverse and inspiring PiBoIdMo Facebook community that weighed in on a variety of topics from serious to silly, 24/7.
After I reached 30 sparks, I kept going. Two of the ideas were so exciting that I had to start story outlines right away. However a more exciting notebook that is truly *bulging* contains all of the bookmarks, hints, insights, suggestions and do’s and don’ts that will guide me as I play with my PiBoIdMo ideas. My picture book drafts post-PiBoIdMo will certainly feature strong voice, interesting characters, unique conflicts, and satisfactory endings.
My thanks to Tara, the guest bloggers, and all my fellow PiBoIdMoigans for making this November one of the most educational and inspirational of 2011!