November is a big month for writers. It’s National Novel Writing Month or (NaNoWriMo). And for those of us who write picture books? This month is Picture Book Idea Month or (PiBoIdMo).
The challenge is to think of one picture book idea a day. Daunting? Yes! But not nearly as daunting as writing an entire 50,000 word novel in one month.
Tara Lazar, the founder of PiBoIdMo, told me that nearly 1800 people registered for PiBoIdMo this year. As a community we’re coming up with a bazillion ideas!
This is my 3rd year participating in this challenge and sometimes I feel like every idea is a bust. A sun with a fever? A tire that gets car sick? Who would want to read about A leaf that is scared of falling off the tree? But as Josh Funk emphasized in his PiBoIdMo post, sometimes it’s the most terrible ideas that make the best books!
Here are 3 ways to get your ideas flowing.
3. Pick 2 random words from the dictionary and combine them. If all else fails, taking two words and trying to make them fit into a fun story is a great exercise in creativity and might just end up inspiring your best work!
What do you do to get your ideas flowing?
Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, came out December 2013 with Character Publishing. Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by her children. She contributes to Writer's Rumpus, and Kids are Writers. If you visit her house, you’ll likely find her reading or writing. You can find out more about her at www.kirsticall.com.
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