It's that time of year again! The leaves are falling, the air is bright and crisp, chestnuts strew the ground and the air smells like wood smoke. So curl up in front of the fire after a nice brisk walk and write down the fabulous idea that you hatched up while you were strolling through the woods.
November 1st marks the beginning of the 7th annual PiBoIdMo, and even if you're not a picture book writer or illustrator, this is a fantastic way to get your creative juices flowing. There's something about knowing that these are ideas for children's books that really frees up your imagination. So the challenge is on! All you have to do is come up with one idea a day for the next thirty days...
This will be my third year participating in this challenge. I remember how sceptical I was that first year. Thirty ideas? There was no way I'd be able to come up with that many! And the fact is that the first year I didn't come up with thirty, but I did come up with eighteen, way more than I ever expected! Last year I did a bit better, coming in at around 25, and this year, by golly, I am going to make it to thirty!
I was lucky enough to be able to hear Tara Lazar speak on a recent webinar - she is a veritable fountain of information, in addition to being the founder of PiBoIdMo and the author of some really fun children's books, including The Monstore and I Thought This Was a Bear Book.
Check out Tara's site. Not only is she interesting to read, but she has an amazing roster of guest bloggers lined up for the entire month - one a day, just like the number of ideas we're all going to come up with, right? Right!