I have to admit, when I signed up, I thought it would be easy to come up with one picture book idea a day for the month of November. But, as the month started to wind down, I found out that it isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me. My goal was to have 30 unique ideas, not a whole bunch that sounded very similar. So once I brainstormed some good ideas, it was hard not to keep coming back to them.
But, what I found helped the most were the daily posts at Tara Lazar's blog. Mindy Alyse Weiss started the month off by showing all the benefits of PiBoIdMo. For each day after, authors and illustrators shared the personal techniques they use when brainstorming ideas. Besides the common idea of starting with a character and putting them in different situations, some of my favorites included:
- Tammi Sauer's idea of starting with a setting
- Karma Wilson's idea to start with the question "What if?"
- Carolyn Crimi's idea of looking at the problems in your life and turning them into story ideas
- Linda Ravin Lodding's "big, bold, surprising, clever, tender, awww-inspiring endings" check list
For those of you who also completed PiBoIdMo 2011, congratulations! I've come to know many of you from the Facebook group that Tara started, which by the way, was also a great part of PiBoIdMo 2011. For those participating in 12 x 12 in 2012, I look forward to writing along side you in the upcoming year.
And a big congratulations to those who completed NaNoWriMo 2012! I hope to participate next year!