The challenge to create a picture book came from picture book author Tara Lazar. This post at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) highlights guest bloggers on her site and agents involved in the 2011 challenge.
Here's a snippet from Tara Lazar's post about PiBoIdMo:
The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript. You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.
You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass. By the end of the month, you’ll have a file of ideas to help inspire you throughout the year.I want to use the challenge to learn more about the craft of picture books and allow myself to focus on ideas. While I participate in the challenge, I am reading Ann Whitford Paul's book Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication.
So this blog will be all about picture books in November. I'm rounding up guest bloggers. I'm sorting through pictures for a photo writing prompt. I'll use my Thankful Thursday posts to highlight picture book resources — websites, authors and books.
I hope to learn and write a lot in November. While I won't have a novel by the 30th, I hope to have a workable picture book idea.
And, I can't forget my work-in-progress today — My 100-word entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest.
The rules are:
- Write a 100-word story for children using the words boo!, candied apple and jack o'lantern. It can be funny or scary in poetry or prose.
- Post the story on your blog on Oct. 31. Link your entry on Susanna's site.
- The winning entry will receive a copy of Haunted Party written and illustrated by Iza Trapani.
What are you working on today? Are you participating in a November writing challenge?