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…)
So, at the end of November, I can report that I DID find a picture book idea every day. And some days I had more than one idea. In total I found 44 short bursts of inspiration that may never amount to anything – or may continue to float and swirl within my imagination, and one day write themselves onto the page as a new PB. The exercise and the discipline has been valuable and I am glad I responded to the challenge.
Heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Tara Lazar, for sharing her dream with us, and letting us jump on board the PiBoIdMo monster. Your blog posts have been brilliant and will stand as a resource for PB writers/illustrators long after PiBoIdMo 2010 is finished. As will the wonderful friendships that have formed and stengthened through the challenge. Thankyou for inviting us all to take part. And for your work in organising inspirational speakers, twibbons, graphics, giveaways… everything! I sincerely hope that you too have your 30 PB ideas – and that each and every one is a treasure for you.