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Title: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 25, 2011, 07:52 PM
I had so much fun during Picture Book Idea Month last year, and can't believe it's about to start again...two days early!  The goal is to come up with 30 picture book ideas in November.  Tara Lazar has guest bloggers with inspirational and helpful posts each day, starting October 30th.  And if you sign up to join here: http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/piboidmo-official-sign-up-starts-today-right-here-right-now/ and make your goal, you can win prizes--including author critiques and feedback from agents!

This year, there's a PiBoIdMo Facebook group, where we can cheer each other on in addition to this Blueboard thread.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/265963663444660/

Last year, I came up with 38 ideas in November and wrote eight picture book manuscripts that are in various stages of revision.  There are a few more ideas I might use in the future...but I can't wait to see what new ones pop up this year!  It's amazing to have so many ideas to choose from whenever I'm ready to start a new manuscript. 

So, who is going to take the PiBoIdMo plunge? 
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Ravyn2002 on October 25, 2011, 08:45 PM
Mindy-

I'm gonna take the plunge for the first time this year! Thanks for sharing the FB group!  I will check it out.  Here's some sparkles  :star2 :star2 :star2 to help us get the creative juices flowing!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: traceymcox on October 25, 2011, 11:00 PM
Hi Mindy!!!
I'll be there again.
I love this time of the year. Still working on a few ideas from last year too. Unfortunately work gets in the way. But one day.... *sigh*
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: AmyD on October 25, 2011, 11:12 PM
Just wanted to jump in with another encouragement for people to sign up for this great event. I have decided not to do it this year because I am in the middle of revisions with my editor on the picture book that I had the idea for during PiBoIdMo last year! So yes, it is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and I am sure there are more PiBoIdMo success stories out there.

I'll be here cheering you on from the sidelines! :cheerleader
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: RebeccaC on October 26, 2011, 12:14 AM
This will be my third time participating. I can't say enough good things about PiBoIdMo. It has gotten me into the habit of generating ideas year round, although I still find my best ideas come out in November during the massive brainstorm that's PiBoIdMo. Tara and her guest bloggers are so inspiring, and it's hard not to find the motivation when so many fellow writers are participating and cheering each other on. I managed to develop four of my ideas into manuscripts this past year, and one of them went on to win the 2011 SCBWI Barbara Karlin grant. And the year before, Diana Murray, won the Barbara Karlin from an idea she generated during PiBoIdMo. Like Amy said, I'm sure there are more success stories out there, and I hope others come forward to share.  And huge congratulations to you, Amy, on 'Marathon Mouse'! I had the pleasure of reading your mss a few months ago. I look forward to buying a copy of the book when it's out.   
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Tina Cho on October 26, 2011, 02:27 AM
 :whitebunny  I signed up also. Thanks for alerting us to the Facebook group! I'm thrilled to know about all the successes that have come from PiBoIdMo!
~Tina
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Inspired on October 26, 2011, 04:37 AM
I've decided to do it. I loved it so much last year, and I'm hoping it pries me out of my writing (and life) funk.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Tammi on October 26, 2011, 06:50 AM
I'm in!

This is my third year as a guest blogger. I'm thrilled, as always, to be a part of this event.

And psst. I'm a PiBoIdMo Success Story, but I can't spill the details yet.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: JennaWren on October 26, 2011, 08:49 AM
I'm in again this year!   :partytime  Such an awesome month of inspiration and creativity!

(Tammi, you're a big meanie tease! But congrats!)
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: writerdebm on October 26, 2011, 11:20 AM
In again this year. Happy idea gathering all!

And---if you aren't able to join in. The articles and inspirational posts are well worth reading!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: DianaM on October 26, 2011, 12:33 PM
I can't wait!

The first year I participated, one of my resulting manuscripts won me the Barbara Karlin Grant. So I'm super excited to do it again. Can already feel the ideas bubbling.

(Looking forward to your news, Tammi!)
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: pilonsc on October 26, 2011, 04:16 PM
I just signed up. Can't wait! Let the ideas roll  :motorcycle:
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: CarrieF on October 26, 2011, 05:34 PM
I'm in, too. I kind of lurked on it last year, but am ready to go full throttle this year. So excited!

Carrie
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: LisaKS on October 26, 2011, 06:30 PM
Okay, I'm signed up. Can't wait to see where this adventure takes me!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: LoriA on October 26, 2011, 09:43 PM
I'm in! Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 27, 2011, 05:20 AM
 :yay It'll be fun to do PiBoIdMo with all of you! 

You're welcome for sharing the Facebook group, Ravyn. 

I know what you mean, Tracey.  I turned eight of them into manuscripts during NaPiBoWriWee, and have been revising them and older manuscripts since then.  Tara mentioned a new challenge someone is doing that works well with hers.  The goal is to write one new picture book manuscript a month, so you'll have twelve each year.  Here's a link: http://writeupmylife.com/2011/10/26/piboidmo-is-upon-us/

AmyD--I didn't realize that the manuscript that got you an agent and book contract was sparked from PiBoIdMo.  That's wonderful!

And yay to Diana and Rebecca for winning the Barbara Karlin grant with manuscripts that were inspired by PiBoIdMo! 

Wahoo, Tammi!  Huge congrats on your PiBoIdMo Success Story!  I can't wait to hear the details, when you can share.



Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: DianaM on October 28, 2011, 04:02 AM
Rebecca, I just now noticed your post above mine! Glad you'll be participating again.  :yay

Looks like there will be a LOT of particpants this year.

Mindy, thanks for the link to the new challenge.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: jennifer on October 28, 2011, 06:35 AM
I'm in!  :love
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: mrsbear on October 28, 2011, 04:43 PM
I just signed up.

Note to Procrastinators--Halloween and the deadline for signing up for PiBoIdMo are only a few days away!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: janischa on October 29, 2011, 03:53 AM
my first post here and already about something i'm super excited about : PiBoIdMo.... i'm so happy a member of my crit group told me about this... you can't help but love the writing community !!!! can't wait to start; already commenced jotting down ideas (is that cheating ?????) despite my head being all blurry due to a severe cold
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on October 30, 2011, 05:07 AM
Just got the first email with your post, Mindy! You've inspired me!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: AmyD on October 30, 2011, 08:45 AM
Okay Mindy, you convinced me. I'm in! I think it will be a breath of fresh air to have some new ideas to think about in the midst of revisions.

Thanks for the great post!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 30, 2011, 08:48 AM
Aw, thanks so much, Donna! :hug

I hope you feel better, Janischa!  I'm glad you joined the Blueboards and the PiBoIdMo challenge.  

You're welcome for the new challenge link, Diana.  

Yay!  I'm so glad you're taking the plunge again, AmyD.  I think it'll give you a nice break from revisions, too.  This time, I hope you sell at least two picture books that PiBoIdMo inspires.


Here's the link to my guest post, with the top 10 reasons to try PiBoIdMo: http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/piboidmo-preview-day-1-mindy-alyse-weiss-isnt-scared/#comments

Good luck, everyone. :)
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: writerdebm on October 30, 2011, 08:49 AM
Great article this morning, Mindy! And thanks for the link to the 12 for 2012 pb challenge!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: maxi on October 30, 2011, 09:33 AM
I'd love to join you guys but November is the busiest month in the history of me so far...My agent brought me an illustration job back from Frankfurt which is on a very short deadline (24 spreads for the end of November - 6 down, 18 to go...I'm not complaining but I would have loved to do PiBoIdMo) x
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: KatyD on October 30, 2011, 09:45 AM
I'm in, too!    :grin2:

Great first post, Mindy!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Jean Reidy on October 30, 2011, 11:04 AM
Loved your post, Mindy!!! Well done.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: janischa on October 30, 2011, 11:41 AM
thanks Mindy... I'm happy to see that the shower works inspirational for others as well :-)

Today, PiBoIdMo did not only inspire me to a new PB idea (yes, I started already, I couldn't help it: once the button is pushed, it's pushed) but to write out a whole new story... and yes, I had planned for this only AFTER the 30 days, but thanks to the PiBoIdMo I discovered Storybird and I couldn't resist writing up a full story.....
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on October 30, 2011, 04:17 PM
Thanks so much for the sweet comments about my post, Deb, Katy, and Jean!  I'll be smiling all day. :grin2:

Maxi--it's possible you'll start coming up with ideas when you aren't working on your illustrations (or maybe even when you are working on them).  Most of my ideas come to me when I'm in the shower, driving, walking my dog, trying to sleep, exercising, etc.  If an idea hits, jot it down!   

Wow--congrats for writing down a new PB idea AND creating a new story, Janischa. That's fantastic!  When inspiration like that strikes, definitely go for it.

I must have missed the post about Storybird.  It sounds interesting...I'll have to check it out!   
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: LisaA on October 31, 2011, 04:27 PM
I'm in this year too...can't wait to get started!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Bigfoot on November 01, 2011, 11:28 AM
I did it last year and I’ve signed up for this year, too.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: ShelliC on November 01, 2011, 11:40 AM
Hi, Mindy. I did it last year but I didn't officially sign up. I'm all in this year.  :cheerleader
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Kawie on November 01, 2011, 12:19 PM
 :whitebunny
November.
What a great month for a new beginning.
I'm plunging in with all of you.
This is my very first PiBoIdMo and my first VerlaKay post too!
Can't wait to see what happens.
I'm totally jazzed.
Mindy and Tara, thanks so much for setting this up!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Katto on November 03, 2011, 09:05 AM
This is my first year in this, I am enjoying every minute of it.
It is such a great idea, thanks so much!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Soosaw on November 10, 2011, 09:04 AM
All this excitement about pb ideas is infectious!  Good luck to everyone and thanks again to Mindy, for your undying encouragement! :cheerleader
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Cathy Ballou Mealey on November 15, 2011, 05:34 PM
PiBoIdMo got me re-invigorated to come back here after a long absence...too long!  Nice to see lots of familiar names/initials from the PiBoIdMo Facebook page!

It's Day 15 and I have 17 new ideas...feeling pretty excited and hoping to keep the momentum through December to turn them into potential drafts!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on November 15, 2011, 09:02 PM
This has been such a fun month so far.  The ideas have been flying for so many of us.  Can you believe we're already at the halfway mark?

I can't wait to hear about all the amazing manuscripts that spark from the ideas we come up with this month (and hopefully celebrate lots of future PB sales, too)!

Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: writerdebm on November 17, 2011, 07:03 AM
Here is to ideas flying to the end of the month and beyond! :hairdude (love the hair dude, lol---hmmmm and pb in there somewhere?)
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Bigfoot on November 30, 2011, 04:42 PM
Did everybody make it to 30? I just finished. It feels good.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: KatyD on November 30, 2011, 07:03 PM
I ended up with 35, I think. It was WAY fun!  :beach
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Stephanie Shaw on November 30, 2011, 07:32 PM
I finished my 30 and only 28 are stinkers!

Plus, I just recived an e-mail saying I won a signed copy of 'Gingerbread Man Loose at School'!  I love PiBoIdMo! Congratulations to all who participated and many, many thanks to Tara Lazar for making it all happen.

 :yay
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Jodelle55 on December 01, 2011, 05:44 AM
 :yay  I managed to finish the challenge and I ended up with 32 story ideas.
Thanks Tara for setting this up.  This was the first year I participated and I am excited to have lots of new ideas to work on.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: writerdebm on December 01, 2011, 05:59 AM
Congrats everyone!!  I ended up with about 51.

This month I want to type them into my computer and see which ones really sing, or combine into one.

Enjoy the next step!

Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: vwexler on December 01, 2011, 06:19 AM
Yay! Participated and finished with a happy 33 ideas. Can't believe it! Now to fleshing out those ideas... What a fun challenge!
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Just Jodi on December 01, 2011, 07:45 AM
I ended up with 33 too!

And now, I'm moving on to the development stage (love the Post-PiBoIdMo post!)

Huge hugs and major gratitude to Tara Lazar and all the guest bloggers! SO much information and inspiration!  :love
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on December 01, 2011, 09:36 AM
Wow--huge congrats everyone! I'm happy dancing for all the wonderful ideas we've created this month and hope they turn into many PB sales over the next couple of years.  :hairdude  Thanks again for creating this fun and motivating challenge, Tara!

I ended up making a file with ideas that are fleshed out at least a little, and another file of random thoughts.  The main idea file has 41, and the random thought file (which might just be a title or some other grain of an idea) ended with 44, plus I have two ideas that might be good to work into a future picture book or novel, for a total of 87 this month, which really blows my mind! 

Now, the question is...what are we going to do with all these amazing ideas?  I always participate in Paula Yoo's NaPiBoWriWee 7 drafts in 7 days challenge in May, and I just signed up for the new 12 x 12 challenge where the goal is to write one new manuscript a month in 2012.  If I'm successful, that will mean at least 18 new picture book drafts out of these 87 ideas by the end of 2012--wow!  It sounds like a lot, but so did coming up with 30 ideas in 30 days, and look how amazing we all did. 

Who is going to take the 12 x 12 challenge with me?  There's also a Facebook group which should be filled with enthusiastic participants, since many PiBoIdMoers seem to be tackling it, too.  Here's a link: http://writeupmylife.com/2011/11/30/12-x-12-in-2012-picture-book-writing-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-5329
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Bigfoot on December 01, 2011, 11:51 AM
Mindy, thanks for the 12x12 link. I’m going to try it. The previous years I did PiBoIdMo I didn’t do anything with my ideas. Not that I never will, but they’ve been ignored for too long. This will be a nice little kick in the pants to get to work.
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: CarrieF on December 01, 2011, 12:55 PM
Wow, that challenge looks good. I think I might be in...or crazy. Or both! How hard could it possibly be**, right?

Seriously, I think I might do this. Thanks for the link!

Carrie


(Famous last words repeated on several occasions by myself and my husband before embarking on projects that went on to swallow up entire months out of our lives, not to mention $$ from our bank account.)
Title: Re: PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month)
Post by: Kawie on December 01, 2011, 08:47 PM
I ended up with 38 ideas. Many thanks to Tara and all the bloggers.  :goldstar 12 X 12 looks like a fantastic way to keep pushing forward. I'm in!