Have you heard of NaNoWriMo, that time of year when oodles of fiction writers all over the globe each attempt to spit out a novel in a single month? Every November, this happens. These writing-addicts spew out thousands of words a day, and every day, every online stream I follow is filled with ”I wrote 1000 words today!” “I wrote 2500 words today!” “I wrote 123849812 words today!” And, tada… by the end of the month, they each have a crappy first draft of… something called a novel.
And I Laugh. I think, well, gee, I wrote two-hundred-and-fifty words four different ways today. That adds up to 1000, doesn’t it? And if I keep that up every day for thirty days, at the end of the month, I’ll have… a crappy draft of a picture book! Does that count?
No, dear, it does not.
Someone must have said that to Tara Lazar in 2008, because she decided then to make up her OWN crazy-writer-game. And only PICTURE BOOK writers are invited to play. And it’s called PiBoIDMo. SO THERE.
So there: Picture Book Idea Month. Thirty picture book ideas in thirty days.
If you want to know more, read about it here. There will be chatter, and prizes, and a different guest post every day by editors, agents, and authors (I’ll be there on November 6), and registration begins today.
If you are looking for a warm, funny, inspiring community of picture book writers, then don’t be shy—go on over to Tara’s house. She’s having a PARTY.