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Hello, fellow children’s book writers! If you haven’t visited Tara Lazar’s blog, please do so today. The Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) has kicked off and is in full swing with daily blog posts by authors/illustrators/agents and great giveaways. If you need … Continue reading

PiBoIdMo: Ideas, ideas, ideas!

Check out PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) hosted by Tara Lazar over at www.taralazar.wordpress.com. She is posting daily with great information from guest authors!

Yesterday’s post was from well-known author Karma Wilson of the Bear Snores On books and the idea of always asking the question ‘what if’?

I read a lot of children’s books and find that non-fiction books can often have great ideas hidden among the pages. The other day, I was searching through a children’s National Geographic animal book and came across a thorny lizard. For some strange reason I was drawn to this small, spiny, creature. The idea was already in my notebook but using the ‘what if’ method really helped me see where the story could progress.  What if thorny lizard wanted to be a super hero but he was too slow, spiny, and small? What if he could help people in a different way? What if thorny lizard could collect water on his spines (this was a fact about the lizard in the book) and just let the ‘what if’s’ continue.

Amazing how two little words can help progress a story idea so quickly! Thanks, Karma Wilson for the ‘What if’ and Tara Lazar for an awesome event!

Keep on writing, my friends.

 

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is here!

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is here! Starting November 1 this event, hosted by Tara Lazer, challenges you to create and document a picture book idea every day for the entire month.

Please join me for this motivating event! Prepare your pencil and paper or fingers and computer for the fun starting November 1!

-Tia

Sign up starts Monday October 24th, 2011 on Tara Lazer’s blog.

Directly from her Blog:

PiBoIdMo fans! This little guy wants you to get ready! So he’s lighting the way for you. You’ll be seeing him a lot during November, thanks to talented illustrator Bonnie Adamson.

For all who have been patiently waiting, PiBoIdMo sign-up will commence on Monday, October 24th right here on this blog. You’ll be able to pick up badges and Twibbons and ensure that you will qualify for the prizes, including the grandest one of all—feedback from one of three literary agents.

Stay tuned!