I'm grateful to be sharing a wonderful meal with my family (Hubby and Enzo) and friends. I hope you have been able to take a break from all the November writing challenges for this one day.
Since Picture Book Idea Month is wrapping up, I thought it appropriate to highlight Tara Lazar — the mama (or creator) of the whole idea.
When I first began stalking (er following) blogs, I found Tara's Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Her Who's Tara? page has some interesting facts like the library drop-off box location in relation to her house.
This line in her bio makes me smile: Tara Lazar is a children's book author, mother, foodie and boogeyman assassin (currently booked at 3 am nightly).
This line in her bio inspires me: Her first two picture books, The Monstore and I Thought This Was a Bear Book, will be published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Some fun posts from her site:
- Since late October — Daily posts to encourage participants in the PiBoIdMo Challenge.
- 400+ Things That Kids Like — The list is aimed at children 8 and under.
- 79 + Things Kids Don't Like — She notes there may be some exceptions like "kids out there who drool over asparagus."
- Picture Book Construction: Know Your Layout (Picture Book Dummy) —A good post to read during the revision process. Do you know where your logical page breaks fall in your picture book?
- Sneak Peek: The Monstore character sketches by James Burks! — A look at her characters from her book.
- New to Children's Writing? A To-Do List — A good list to consider whether you are new or "been doing this for a while."
The PiBoIdMo challenge has been a tremendous help to me. On the site, Tara says it's "the picture book writer's alternative to NaNoWriMo and encourages picture book writers to create one new picture book idea a day for 30 days."
I have some new note-taking habits as well as a ton of ideas (well, I'll give you an official tally after I've turned the page on my calendar) from this challenge.
I really appreciate Tara's efforts to help writers capture their wild ideas.
She can also be followed on Twitter @taralazar or liked on Facebook.