Monday, October 31, 2011

Picture Book Idea Month Starts Tomorrow!

Good news for picture book writers! As we all know, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. But Tara Lazar also launches a sister project for picture book authors: PiBoIdMo. The challenge? Come up with 30 picture book ideas in 30 days throughout the month of November, beginning tomorrow.

Tara Lazar:
Writing PB's just got funner
Spiffy prizes
You have until November 3rd to go the website and sign up to vie for fabulous schwag: "Signed books, picture book critiques, art by pb illustrators, book jewelry, hand-made journals, vintage children's books, and feedback from one of three literary agents."

Our own Florida kidlit SCBWI maven Mindy Alyse Weiss is kicking off the challenge with a guest post detailing why she loves PiBoIdMo, including links to 400+ things kids like (which might be a handy source for middle-grade writers too).

Struggling? Help from PB author Rob Sanders
Coincidentally, Florida picture book author Rob Sanders has a whole week of inspiration planned to help you soar over any road- or writers-blocks; check out his blog this week for some serious and humorous advice on how to keep going when the going gets tough.

Anybody planning to take the plunge? Run across any unusual ideas for picture books lately? One of my favorites this year was The Boss Baby. I guess I'm sort of partial to the dark side of toddler lit. Like That's Not Your Mommy Anymore: A Zombie Tale. And then, of course, there's always the soon-to-be classic: Go the F** to Sleep.


  1. Great post. I'm going to do Nano, but I've never thought about doing a picture book.

  2. Great idea. I don't think I can participate this time, as I'm traveling and starting my new art class (teaching), but I sure like the idea. Maybe next year. In the meantime, it's a nice nudge to come up with some new ideas, even if they don't add up to one a day for thirty days. Good luck to all who do it. I'll check in on the site to see how people are doing.

  3. Gail, are you doing Nano, PiBoIdMo or both?

    I took like 'darker' kidlit at times. Sendak, for instance, really plays on this!

  4. @Joanna, I'm doing NaNo, but as a "rebel," since I already have 18,000 words towards my WIP. My goal is to finish it, with another 50,000 in November. If I have any energy left over, I may try to generate a couple of ideas for picture books. : )