I've kept a close eye on the calendar..... TODAY is the first day for signing up to PiBoIdMo2014!
I found out about PiBoIdMo last year. I joined and it was a really good experience. I stumbled upon it just as I was really getting serious about getting back to writing on a daily basis. This year I find myself needing to get back on track again. While I've done better with the blog, I find I still haven't gotten back into a good solid routine when it comes to my manuscript writing. Registration starts today and will close at the end of the day November 4th. So today I've signed up for PiBoIdMo over at Tara Lazar's website!
Tara created PiBoIdMo for picture book writers to coincide with writers participating in NaNoWriMo so that we, too, would have a 30 day challenge! The challenge is to come up with at least 30 picture book ideas in the 30 days of November. The idea can be a title, great leading character, or an idea for the basis of a book - you do NOT have to write the whole book to be considered fully participating!
The object of PiBoIdMo is to increase and enhance your creative ideas for picture book writing. The long list of ideas and concepts you have at the end of the month may form together later to make one or possibly a multitude of great exciting picture book manuscripts!
Writers who register and complete the challenge are actually eligible for a variety of prizes including feedback from literary agents, critiques from published authors and editors, signed book, original art from book illustrators and much more! It's fun and exciting. I didn't win anything last year but that didn't take away the excitement of it. It was still thrilling to read the daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators and editors that filled our minds with their stories and suggestions on writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing!week of November. After the event concludes, in early December, participants who completed the challenge are asked to take the PiBoIdMo Winner’s Pledge stating they ended the month with 30 or more ideas. (It’s on the honor system. Participants do not have to post their ideas. In fact, I urge them not to!
If you want to read more about it or register for PiBoIdMo, check out Tara's blog at:
Then, after signing up for the challenge, I ordered the PiBoIdMo 2014 notebook. I wasn't going to - it's sort of a lot of money for a notebook and I didn't actually fill it up last year. It did, however, help me organize my ideas, etc. and was a visual reminder to do what I set out to do with PiBoIdMo. I considered just using the old one but then decided I was short-changing myself in believing I wasn't going to have enough THIS year to completely fill it up. So I took a deep breath and went with it. You can order the notebooks or other fun items here. And yeah, I succumbed this year and ordered a mug too. Like I really need another mug! But I thought it would be worth it for the extra visual reminder on my kitchen counter to keep thinking of ideas!!!