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.
And of course, once again I am also delighted by the friendly people I meet on the journey. So many lovely new children’s writers/illustrators that I am following on Twitter as a result of #PiBoIdMo. Just look for the idea lightbulb.
At the end of Week One I can report thirteen new ideas. The start of my week I have more think time – which resulted in double/triple ideas for some days. It slowed down to one-a-day for the second half. Not that all of them are good ideas – but I’m writing them down and claiming them anway. And I am excited about a couple of them – rolling them over and over in my mind, their quirky lines popping out of my mouth at frequent intervals. One of them is actually already starting to shape up – very loosely – into a PB.
I am also loving the inspirational blog posts that Tara is putting up daily on her blog. They’re a fantastic resource and I suggest that if you’re ever lacking motivation, slip over to http://taralazar.wordpress.com and search ‘Inspiration’. You’ll get it!
A bonus that has got me buzzing is the fact that I won a free caricature – of me! – from Neil Numberman, illustrator of the ‘Joey the Fly’ graphic novels, written by Aaron Reynolds. It took me ages (!!) to find a suitable pic (and I feel a bit like a bug under a microsope as a result) but it’s done now, and I can’t wait to see what Neil will do with my buggy self. (I am just relieved that spiders are not insects – because I would freak to be a hairy huntsman spider!! Eeek!)
Speaking of Neil and Aaron – check out this fantastic post from last year’s PiBoIdMo Inspirational blog. It is 100% AWESOME – and I can’t believe how perfectly they have demonstrated HOW to write/illustrate a graphic novel. They are obviously an incredibly talented duo.
This week it is my turn to inspire others. I’ll be popping up on Tara’s blog on the 7th November (US) to talk about what inspires me. (Here) And all week I will once again be chasing ideas … while sharing the journey with Tara and the great fun #PiBoIdMo crew.
Do you take part in writing challenges?
How do you respond to the pressure – and the inspiration?