#PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

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PiBoIdMo Day 25-27

Only a few more days left over on Tara Lazar‘s blog. Is your ideas jar like a stuffed turkey?

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 25
AJ Smith shows us where to look for ideas.
*Looking for ideas can turn into finding ideas. Get to looking!*

DAY 26
Pat Z Miller tells us to notice the little things.
*Little things can lead to big ideas.*

DAY 27
Kelly DiPucchio encourages us to sit down and have dinner with our characters.
*Getting to know your characters helps them become three deminsional instead of two demensional.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _7_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _31_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are things going?
Only three more days left.  😦  But at the end you’ll have so any ideas to draw from!  🙂 

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdM9 Day 22-24

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PiBoIdMo Day 22-24

We are in the final stretch now! I’m getting close to meet the 30 ideas goal  Tara Lazar has set for us. Keep visiting her blog for those inspirational posts!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 22
Anna Staniszewski encourages us to take a look at ourselves and embrace our silliness.
*Being different is my super power!*

DAY 23
Katy Duffield encourages to never give up and write your passion.
*I have Peter Pan Syndrome and refuse to grow up! #PBsRule *

DAY 24
Jesse Klausmeier gives us an example on how to use note cards to inspire ideas.
*How many possibilities can there be?*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _5_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _24_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. I can see the finish line! Meet you there.

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How are you doing?
Only a few days left. Are your ideas like bunnies and multiplying?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Day 13-15

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PiBoIdMo Day 13-15

Over the weekend, we reached the halfway point. Boy this goes by fast I’ve been commenting over onTara Lazar‘s blog and tweeting each post. Have you?

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 13
Sarvinder Naberhaus encourages to see the wonder around us.
*There is inspiration all around us. We only need to be open enough to see, hear, & feel them.*

DAY 14
Julie Gribble gave us a great visual on how to see what our readers see.
*Get down on the or level LITERALLY and bring that into your writing.*

DAY 15
Carter Higgins gets us to dig deep and find the heart of.our stories.
*What is your about about?*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _2_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _11_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. Keep on going! I’ll see you at the finish line.

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How are you doing?
Half way! Do you have 15 or more ideas?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Day 4-6

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PiBoIdMo Day 4-6

Tara Lazar is keeping me going with ideas. Yay!

Here’s what I’ve done over the last three days…

DAY 4:
Marcie Wessels let’s us know that it’s okay to be stuck and to try not to stress out about it. Ideas will come. *Letting your mind go can sometimes lead to great ideas. Who doesn’t like playtime?*

DAY 5:
David Michael Slater gives a mini-workshop on plotting and how he’s come up with a few of his own ideas. *And you thought Bad Lip Reading was a bad thing.*

DAY 6:
Tammi Sauer wants us to dig deep and find out what makes out characters tick. There’s a great list of questions to ask our characters too. *Really get to knownyou.character & they will be believable.*

How am I doing?
I’ve added _1_ more idea over the last three days. Giving me a total of _5_. Again, this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. Keep on going! I’ll see you at the finish line.

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How many ideas have you gotten so far?
How are your ideas coming along?
Any good ones?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PiBoIdMo Day 1-3

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PiBoIdMo Day 1-3

And we are off!
Picture Book writers have gathered together under Tara Lazar’s guidance and encouraged to come up with 30 ideas in 30 days. Can we do it? We sure can try.
I always look forward to this challenge. It helps build a bank of ideas I can bounce off on during the year when I feel I’m in a rut. *Remember my Ideas Jar video? This is where a lot of my ideas come from.*

Last year i decided to check in every three days. You know, to keep myslelf accountable and maybe gove some of you inspiration too. This is my 6th year with PiBoIdMo. While I haven’t “won” every year, I think anytime I put more ideas in stock I’m a winner.

Let’s see what we’ve done so far.

DAY 1:
Joan Holub gets us to start fresh. To look around and find inspiration. Also not to be scared to take one or more ideas and combine them. *Layers are our friend.*

DAY 2:
Josh Funk gets us out of the bad idea funk (sorry, Josh) by embracing the bad ones and make them work to.our benefit. *Allow a crazy, bad, horrible, no good idea to run amuck.*

DAY 3:
Grace Lin reassures us that when a picture book idea doesn’t work, it doesn’t means it’s a total loss. You.can morph it into another piece in another form. *Don’t throw away those failed attempts, peeps. There’s gold in them there hills! Get to digging.*

How am I doing?
In the first three days I have 4 ideas. Not a bad start at all. I know I’ll have lulls over the next 27 day. But I remind myself this is not a sprint. This is a 30 day marathon. There’s still a ways to go before we finish. I’ll see you at the finish line folks.

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Are you participating in PiBoIdMo?
How are your ideas coming along?

Until next time,

Happy Writing!
~t

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Writing Wednesday Blog Party

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At this year’s SCBWI Southern Breeze’s #WIK15 conference, Lisa Lewis Tyre came up with a great idea…
To have a blog party talking about writing in general, tips, and other ideas we could combine.

I decided to reblog my post about an ideas jar. This is something I do myself. With #PiBoIdMo right around the corner, I’m sure I’ll be adding a lot more ideas to my jar in November. I have found having an ideas jar, where my ideas stare at me, is a great thing when I need to get out of a rut.

Click over to my post…

http://wp.me/pab6o-nr

…Then go check out Lisa Lewis Tyre’s post and join the party!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#PB challenge – #PiBoIdMo

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#PB challenge – #PiBoIdMo

It’s almost November and that means it is almost Picture Book Idea Month!!!!!

Tara Lazar is the brianiac behind PiBoIdMo, and it has been going for several years.  It’s a great way to add to (or begin) your idea jar/folder. All that is required is for you to come up with 30 ideas (a title, a character, a setting, a plot) in 30 days.

Register now to qualify for prizes and goodies. Even if you don’t register, you can still participate. After all, 30 ideas is a pretty good win-win situation to me! Everything is on the honor system. You keep your ideas to yourself and you take a pledge that you completed the challenge.

So go over to TARA’S BLOG HERE and register! Grab a participant badge (like mine above). And get ready to be inspired!

Until next time!

Happy Writing!
~t

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