Friday, 2 November 2012

Picture Book Month 2012

November is Picture Book Month and to celebrate I'm taking part in Picture Book Idea Month (you can follow on twitter using the hashtag #PiBoIdMo).

So far I'm doing really well... in fact I've gotten a bit carried away in all the excitement and already have 26 ideas on my idea list... and it's only day 2! Hitting my goal of 30 ideas in 30 days shouldn't be a problem ;)

Just to be clear, I don't have 26 finished manuscripts. These are just ideas. In most cases I have just a working title and a few notes and maybe a quick sketch or two of what the characters might look like.

I've already been asked by several people how I've managed to come up with so many ideas in such a short space of time. Those of you that know me will know that coming up with ideas isn't a problem for me. In fact I often have too many. The real problem is finding the time to develop them all. As a mum to a 4 year old and a 1 year old I watch a lot of cartoons, read a lot of children's books and play a lot of games. I also get inspiration from just watching my kids. My 4 year old often comes up with some wonderful comments that spark my creative brain too.

My PiBoIdMo list will be handy for when I do 12 x 12 in 2013. The aim of the 12 x 12 challenge is to write 12 complete picture book drafts in 12 months.

These brainstorming challenges are great motivators to create more picture books and will definitely play an important role in the books I produce over the next year. They're also a fun way to connect with other children's authors and illustrators.

Are you taking part in any of these events?

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  1. Keep up the good work, Jo. Yes, living with kids is a plus when one is think up ideas for picture books! Enjoy the process...

    1. They give me so much inspiration and my 4 year old is fantastic about giving feedback too. It's fun being able to include them in what I do.

  2. Looking forward to having you in the 12 x 12 next year!

    1. I'm looking forward to it Julie. Should be a lot of fun.

  3. Thank you for participating! November is Picture Book Month. Read * Share * Celebrate!

    Dianne de Las Casas
    Founder, Picture Book Month

    1. Thanks for dropping by Dianne and for creating an event that celebrates this wonderful genre of books.


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