Thank you Tara for organizing this wonderful event again. I loved having the Facebook page this year, made the whole experience more interactive.
Yeah I did it! 30 ideas in 30 days. Honestly I was almost ready to give up two-thirds of the way through when I was down by 17 ideas. But the PiBoIdMo community is great and recommended ways to kickstart my brain.
In the past my ideas have always come from observing my children or watching/listening to the world around me. I refer to these as my organic ideas. I love these ideas because they are more heartfelt and real for me. However one thing they are definitely NOT is whimsical, silly, or crazy.
When I was struggling at the two-thirds mark to come up with ideas, some folks suggested looking at Tara blog post of 400+ Things that Kids Like. At first I looked at the list and was like okay this is interesting but still no lightbulb. Couldn’t figure out how to combine the different words together to come up with and idea. I needed someone or something else to do the combination for me. So I used a random number generator and had it generate 30 sets of 3 words each. It was interesting to see the results that popped into my head as I read the sets of words. I finally got my silly, whimsical ideas!
So now I have 30 ideas, some good, some so-so, some which will probably never see the light-of-day, but that’s okay. A fellow PiBoIdMo’er Julie Hedlund is setting up a 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, write 12 Picture Book first-drafts in one-year. Doesn’t seem so hard right? Considering I only generated two PB manuscripts last year, I have considerable doubt. But hey if you don’t try you will never know what you are capable of. So here I go on another challenge … wish me luck! Anyone else signing up for this?