Category Archives: Creative Process

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks from Tara Lazar’s Blog

Inspiring post by Kelly Light. I am in awe of her attitude and lovely artwork! Go Kelly!

Thank you, Tara Lazar, for an amazing month of inspiration!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

“This person has no business being in children’s books.”

Read that again.

Imagine it being said in front of a crowd of over a hundred of your peers and various industry editors and art directors… at the NY SCBWI conference.

Your work is up in front of a big auditorium on a video screen with a panel with loud microphones when these words are spoken…

Imagine that person that it was said about was YOU.

DON”T WORRY! It wasn’t.

It was ME.

In 2009.

Yes. An art director declared me as a person who has NO BUSINESS being in children’s books … in front of the entire world of children’s books.

It felt worse than the worst college art critique I could have ever imagined. I was a grown woman. I had already had a hot career as a hot shot in cartoon merchandise. I shrunk in my seat. I…

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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-Picture Book Idea Month 2012

Picture Book Idea Month

Greetings to all!

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) starts TOMORROW November 1!  There are wonderful pre-PiBoIdMo month posts going on over at her blog now and the line up for blog posts is inspiring! So get on over to and enter your name in the comments section of her sign up post to take part in this event!

Great prizes are going to be given away for those that commit to and participate in the thirty-day challenge.

Join me in this writing adventure!

PiBoIdMo: Ideas, ideas, ideas!

Check out PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) hosted by Tara Lazar over at 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.


PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) sign up!

Sign up started yesterday, Monday October 24th, for Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) so get on over to and enter your name in the comments section of her most recent post to take part in this motivating event!

Great prizes are going to be given away for those that commit to and participate in the thirty-day challenge.

Hope you will join me in this writing adventure.


NaPiBoWriWee Personal Update Day 7

Woo hoo! Day seven manuscript complete. I made sure I finished early in the day Saturday so I wasn’t fretting about it on Saturday night. The time and energy were worth the seven new manuscripts I have to work from for the next couple of months. My critique groups will share in the fun of providing feedback once I have done some much-needed editing. I definitely will be adding this event to my calendar for next year.

And a fun bonus of participating this week: I won a signed copy of Paula Yoo’s picture book Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story (Lee & Low 2009) in the prize drawing that Paula held yesterday for participants!

If you didn’t get a chance to participate this year, then put this awesome event on your calendar for next year and join me (and all the other crazy people) for National Picture Book Writing Week.

Thanks, Paula! What a great idea!

NaPiBoWriWee Personal Update Day 5 & 6

Day five and six drafts complete. National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) is a grueling challenge! Last night I was up late just to finish day five manuscript. Day six went a little smoother, but I’m still not sure about the story having any true substance. When I begin to edit, it will be the true indicator of what to keep and what to junk. Or, what to turn into a completely different story.

Here’s to writing! If you are working hard to complete the week-good luck on day seven manuscript! If this event inspired you to write just one manuscript–congratulations! You are moving forward and that is what life is all about. Step by step you will see progress and results!

Find out more about NaPiBoWriWee at Paula Yoo’s site.

Good luck!

NaPiBoWriWee Personal Update Day 3 & 4

Whew! I can update both days at once! Day three and four manuscript complete. I am  not sure how or why my brain and fingers are working together, but I can say that I have read some great articles on focus at the Reading For Your Success blog to help get through the week.

Also, check out the National Picture Book Writing Week official blog by Paula Yoo. Awesome stuff! Great motivation! Keeps me writing!

Day four guest author on Paula’s blog is none other than Tara Lazar. Tara is the creator of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). PiBoIdMo is thirty picture book ideas in thirty days challenge. I did PiBoIdMo in November last year and ended up with two complete manuscripts. Two of my four ideas for the past four days are from doing PiBoIdMo. I like the challenges that both PiBoIdMo and NaPiBoWriWee offer. They may not be for everyone, but they definitely give me a plethera of ideas to work from!

Write, write and write some more! Only three days left for NaPiBoWriWee!


NiPiBoWriWee Personal Update Day 2

Okay. I made it through day two of National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee). Draft two complete. Fortunately, I had another idea in my head that needed to get on paper. A coherent beginning, middle and end does exist but not sure there is much to work from other than a few lines towards the end. I guess that’s what this process is all about. Get it out and then edit, edit, edit. Feels great to be writing so much.


Today is day three. I am stuck. It’s 2:30pm and I am not sure what I am going to write about. Searching my files, notebooks and all corners of my foggy (sleep deprived) brain…and still nothing. So, a blog post is born and I am back to the creative process to make day three of NaPiBoWriWee a personal success.

check out the official National Picture Book Writing Week blog:

NaPiBoWriWee…Starts today! May 1-7, 2011

Don’t forget National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) starts today Sunday May 1, 2011. This awesome event runs through next Saturday May 7.

Write one picture book manuscript draft every day for one week! Crazy? Yes! Fun? Absolutely! Working your butt off? No question!

Have fun!

Check out all the details at Paula Yoo’s website and blog: