Somehow, it’s that time of year again. May! #NaPiBoWriWee – writing a picture book a day for the first week of May.
Only problem being… I forgot!
In my head I still had another month to prepare. Only remembered half-way through Day One. Had NO idea of what to write about. Didn’t know where to start!!! (That was where the panic set in.)
Thankfully, @jimhill tweeted a lifesaver (though he didn’t know it at the time) about #PiBoIdMo that I completed in November – a picture book *idea* every day for the month of November. Suddenly I had ideas!!! Forty-five ideas. At 5pm I sat down to write… Continue reading
Picture Book Idea Month draws to a close – and what a month it has been. I never expected it to be easy, and sometimes it wasn’t. But it has been worth it. Satisfying.
There were a couple of times when I put it of, put it off and put it off ALL day – and then at 11:45pm I would in desperation go chase that idea – and find it! It continued to amaze me each time I caught it.
My best day was on the 27th, when I had 6 ideas in the one day! Funny – because my worst day was the 26th - when my head was pounding with life crowding in and I just didn’t have the energy to chase a PB idea. Worse. When I finally caught a whisker of an idea, I thought I’d remember it… and write it down later… but then promptly forgot it! Completely. (It was one of those days…) Continue reading
This month I am taking part in Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). I have found these pressure/challenge writing situations are good for me, because I work to deadlines – and maximise the last minute!! PiBoIdMo is not a waste of time, play-around game. My week of picture books in May, and month of poetry every January, is rich with good writing.
In November I am going to undertake another writerly challenge – this time to come up with one picture book idea every day for the month of November. I don’t have to write the PB – just imagine 30 cracker ideas. (In truth, they don’t have to be crackers, but if they’re not, I don’t want them.) I say I don’t have to write the PBs – but I suspect that will be the greatest challenge… to have an exciting idea and not write it – yet.