I was tempted, like I am every year, to do NaNoWriMo. It was especially tempting this year as I'm finally writing my YA novel in earnest. I could get it all done. Get those words out on the page. That's what NaNoWriMo is all about. Write now, edit later. Blah blah bladitty blah blah.<---Yes, that is what I would have to show for my month long stressful writing frenzy. It just doesn't seem worth it. Besides, I found something that I can really get into: PiBoIdMo.
Yes, I'm writing a YA, but I'm really a picture book writer at heart. I've even been missing my picture book writing as I plug away at this very long book in which I wonder if I even know what I'm doing. Picture Book Idea Month is perfect. Thrity new picture book ideas in thrity days. I can write my novel and keep coming up with new picture books ideas. For some reason I had separated the two in my mind; I'm working on my novel, I have to miss my picture books. No more!
I've got a shiny new notebook and a spunky green pen. I'm going to fill that notebook with picture book ideas. No title is too daring. No concept is too silly. No line is too whacked. I find inspiration everywhere, but this month I've got my eyes open just a little wider. I'm thinking about ideas just a little more. Maybe I'll veer from my YA path here and there, but it was bound to happen anyway. I told ya, I'm a picture book writer.
It's not too late! You can do PiBoWriMo too. Make it your own. The "rules" are flexible. Frolic on over to Tara Lazar's blog for a month full of inspiration and tips. I'll even be doing my first guest blog post ever later in the month. Yahoo!