November is Picture Book Idea Month, better known as PiBoIdMo, created and sponsored by author Tara Lazar. The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. If you are interested, registration is still open through November 7th—it is fun and best of all, FREE! Plus there are daily blog posts from guest authors and illustrators for inspiration.
Although my daily assignment has moved from pictures (Inktober) to words (PiBoIdMo), I hope to include an ink doodle with every picture book idea. For me, the key is not to worry about how fantastic the idea is—just get it down on paper. Kinda like planting seeds—some fizzle out, some grown into bigger ideas. It’s a great exercise, and it works for me—I have a submission-ready manuscript from a quick idea I originally jotted down in my 2013 PiBoIdMo notebook.
Here’s the start of my 2014 journal. I use a tiny Moleskin (3.5 x 5.5)—the book format forces a commitment; the size keeps it from being too intimidating!