By Amy Courage
Linus Pauling, the noted American chemist said, “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”
I’m definitely not a scientist (Hello, me with a C in high school chemistry), but Pauling’s quotation is true for writers as well.
Enter PiBoIdMo, or Picture Book Idea Month. Ta Da!
PiBoIdMo is a month long picture book fiesta that has taken place every November since 2008. Hosted by picture book author extraordinaire Tara Lazar (The Monstore, I Thought This Was a Bear Book), PiBoIdMo encourages you to dream up, doodle, or write down an idea every day for a month.
This will be my second year participating in PiBoIdMo. Last year over 1,300 picture book writers participated and about 800 completed the challenge.
There will be encouraging blog posts to help you brainstorm every day, contests to win free books, and for some lucky ducks, feedback and critiques from agents and editors.
Participating in PiBoIdMo is free. The only thing you have to do is register on Tara’s blog and then conjure up your 30 ideas.
Registration opens on October 25th and will remain open until early November. Visit this LINK for more information about PiBoIdMo and how to sign up.
Will you join us? I can’t wait to see what I (we) come up with.