This month is Picture Book Idea Month, or PiBoIdMo, an online writing challenge created by children’s author Tara Lazar, whose blog is called Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). The Twitter hashtag is #PiBoIdMo and Lazar’s Twitter handle is @TaraLazar.
Lazar created the challenge as a response to the NaNoWriMo challenge, in which participants are encouraged to write a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel and upload it online. She felt that the 50,000 word project had little relevance for aspiring children’s authors, so was inspired to create a participatory goal-setting event that could kickstart emerging picture-book writers’ work habits.
The concept is simple: after signing up, participants agree to take some time every day during the month of November and jot down a storyline or concept for a children’s picture book. The challenge is run on the honor system and participants are not obligated to divulge their brilliant ideas online or publicly. At the end of November participants return to Lazar’s site and sign in to certify they completed the 30-day writing goal.
Every day this month, guest authors are posting inspirational essays and/or writing and drawing tips on Lazar’s blog. There will also be prizes distributed at the end of the month. Prizes include fun items like mugs and signed copies of guest bloggers’ published picture books.
Image Credit: Vin Vogel designed the 2014 PiBoIdMo logo/banner for use by Lazar’s blog and challenge participants. Be sure to check out his site, which features lively pen & ink work and flat-color vector illustrations.