Posted by: Betsy Devany | November 1, 2013

PiBoIdMo and a Thank-You to All the 2013 Participants

piboidmo2013-participant-214x131Today is November 1st, and the start of PiBoIdMo 2013! If you haven’t yet signed up for Tara Lazar’s annual picture book challenge, I inspire you to jump in before the day ends.PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is OPEN! If you are on the fence, slide on down to join the almost 1000 writers and illustrators already committed to this year’s PiBoIdMo challenge: one new idea for a picture book, every day in November. Plus you get daily inspiring posts from published authors and illustrators. And then there is our PiBoIdMo community as a whole.

As a participant myself, I am probably more excited for you, especially all the newcomers. Pat yourself on the back!

SONY DSCOutside, it is dark and rainy. The time is 5:30 a.m. From my writing room I hear the stirrings of my twenty-two-month-old grandson. I send “Do not wake up yet” vibes through the wall. His Halloween pirate sideburns and mustache are still visible on his sweet baby face. After a long bath last night, and gentle scrubbing, the Pirate won. Soon I will be taking out the Thomas trains, fire trucks, and ambulances, but not yet. I have enough time to jot down two picture book ideas which came to me during the night. I record them on my PiBoIdMo files cards. Sometimes, the light bulb comes as a title, other times a main character. If bits of dialogue precede all else, I record that on the back side. Then, throughout the month, I return to these cards to add more information/inspiration.

And if I get stuck, I get out the potatoes.

Before my pint-sized pirate hollers for my attention, I wanted to say “Thank you!” to Tara Lazar, to all the other guest bloggers, and to every PiBoIdMo 2013 participant. I wish I could give individual responses to each person who kindly commented on my pre-PiBoIdMo post.  http://taralazar.com/2013/10/28/pre-pibo-day-4-betsy-devany/  So . . .

dsc05163To everyone who read my story, thank you. To everyone who commented, thank you. (I will continue to check comments throughout the month, for those who read the post at a later date.) Thank you for your kind words and support of SMELLY BABY. For those seeking a How To Get Fired From Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner pass, contact Norman. I have a pressing middle grade revision to complete during the month as well, so he has volunteered to be my secretary. To anyone who can offer tips on learning to cook, thank you in advance. To the people who asked for a playdate with Norman, he would love that. He has been to some conferences, and he has even played piano with a hedgehog at a hotel. To those who do not have a tricycle, yes, skateboards will work, as will sleds, kid-sized cars, and anything else with wheels. Feel free to add tires to a refrigerator-sized box. Whatever suits your style!

All of your comments made me smile and laugh. I am so fortunate to be a part of this community. And to Erik, the kid who reviews books, a special thank-you to you. This Kid Reviews Books | A Place for Kids and Grown-Ups to … Keep up the great work! You rock.

Remember: Have fun. Let go. Feed your inner child.

Read picture books. Lots of them.

Play with your kids, your grandkids.

Wear funny glasses, tutus, hats.

In our house, Ballerina Bella the dog has been coaching one of the Baby Bossy Frogs. “Don’t think too much, little frog,” she says. Ballerina Bella the dog is very wise, and I tend to follow her advice, too. So listen to your stuffies.

Lastly, I challenge you to set aside the goal of getting published. At least during this month. As Nancy C. says, it can cause anxiety, and I believe it comes between you and reaching your full potential as a writer. Rather than focus on getting published, focus on your prose. Time is your greatest gift. This is my secret to landing an agent and my first book contract.

SONY DSCYou are my heroes for being brave and jumping in.

If you get stuck along the way, reach out and I will try to help.

Know I believe in all of you and your ability to see this challenge to the end.

Norman has volunteered to help me blog during November. He and Uni the unicorn have already started writing down their picture book ideas. He even has a pink car to ride down the PiBoIdMo hill with us.

Happy writing!

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Responses

  1. Love this post, Betsy! Fun and Inspiring 😀

    • Thanks, Kim! I am all about having fun! Happy writing!

  2. You are so kind and giving. I wish you many sparkling ideas in the next 30 days and beyond!

    • And I wish the same for you!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.
      Enjoy the journey of the challenge.

  3. Good morning. The sun is shining in South Dakota and as a first timer I’m feeling like a sponge learning from you and everyone too. Thanks.

    • Yettee, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yay for being a first timer! Enjoy the challenge, and the sun in South Dakota! We could use some sun in CT, where it is pouring.
      Here’s to being a sponge and learning. Wishing you an abundance of new ideas and joy.

  4. Thank you for this nudge. Signed up because of it! Looking forward to the fun, and being reminded to ****enjoy the process**** for heaven’s sake!

    • Nancy, I am so glad I inspired you to take the challenge. Yay for you! I look forward to being on the journey with you.

  5. More nudge appreciation here. This morning ideas popped into my old brain while walking my little dog along tree lined streets carpeted in yellow and red leaves. Now I must write those thoughts down in my new empty notebook. Thank you for this post Betsy Devany. And last night I bought an e-book about writing picture books and it is like a gift from heaven to be my guiding angel this month.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Love your description of the streets!
      I try to always carry a notebook and pen with me when I go on walks so I can stop to write down ideas as they come.
      Happy reading and writing!

  6. Anne Sawan: Looks like fun!

    • It is fun! I hope you’ll join, if you haven’t already. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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