Thursday, December 1, 2011

PiBoIdMo Update!

Well, it's December 1st and time to report how I did during this month's challenge.  I have to admit that I have been on a writer's "break" recently.  Needed to recharge after a few rejections that came REALLY close.  After awhile, it was stinging a little too much.  So, less than enthusiastically, I decided to sign up for this challenge.  Maybe it would be just the boost that I needed... 

It turns out it was exactly what I needed!  I ended up with 45 shiny new ideas for picture books - some that I am VERY excited to start working on.  (It also gave me an idea for a middle grade book and one for a YA novel - which is very strange because I've never written either of those types of books before.)  Reading all of the guest blogs and that daily advice on picture books also helped me to identify some areas to work on in my other picture book manuscripts.  I'm really looking forward to digging into all of my picture books - new and old - and whipping them into shape. 

Thank you so much Tara Lazar for coming up with the wonderful idea for PiBoIdMo and coordinating all of the inspirational guest blogs and the Facebook group camaraderie.  It really was time well spent.  I am so thankful that I decided to participate.  If you've ever considered doing it but thought the task seemed too daunting - I encourage you to sign up.  Even if you tell yourself that you'll just do it for a week.  I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised and will want to continue.  I'm surprised that even though it's December and the challenge is over - I'm still coming up with more ideas than usual. 

I guess once you give your muse that extra boost you never know what can happen...


  1. Holy Cow! 45 ideas! Way to go! You have your work set out for you for 2012. :) Congratulations on your productive month.

  2. Thank you Sharon! I definitely do have my work cut out for me. A good problem to have.

    How did you do? Have you done this challenge before?