Sunday, November 1, 2009

No No Nano

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!


  1. PiBoIdMo sound great. Good luck with it! Cheers, SB Frank

  2. PS - I've always wanted to see a picture book to do with animal smells. My kids and I used to play a game where we'd make stinky faces about the various animals in the books. And they laughed and laughed. So, there's your daring idea of the day. :)

  3. Sounds like fun, Heather. Go for it!

  4. Thanks Stella and SB. So far I've got lots of ideas. Woot!
    A smell book huh, SB? Books are so visual. I imagine that's why there aren't many on smells. There's always scratch and sniff though. Maybe you created a new category--scratch and stink. You never know, it could be popular. ;-)