Thursday, 15 November 2012

Setting a Challenge

I teach a distance learning course How to Write A Picture Book for Women On Writing (do take a look it's a great site and eZine) and they sent me a link for Picture Book Ideas Month.


The concept is to come up with 30 ideas for picture books over a 30 day period. Thankfully those who take part don't have to complete 30 manuscripts in 30 days or even write a potential best-seller. You simply have to come up with an idea that can be used in a picture book. Perhaps a title, a character, an idea based on something you overheard or a fact. The idea was devised by children's author Tara Lazar and is meant to 'exercise' your writing muscle and create a pot of ideas you can plunder when you need to.       

I must admit having to coming up with 30 new ideas over a 30 day period scared me and excited me. I debated for a week or so if I should take part but finally took the plunge. I'm now 14 days into the exercise and have surprised myself by coming up with a new idea each day. So far I have ideas that involve something to do with:
  • A young hare (inspired by a book written by Dennis Hamley called 'Hares Choice' - well worth a read)
  • An apprentice fairy who loses her powers (inspired by a news piece about apprenticeships)    
  • An old dog being taught new tricks by a younger dog (inspired by my dogs new best friend, who is six years younger than her)
I'm hopeful by the end of the exercise I'll have 30 ideas scribbled down. I realise some will never become a manuscript and those that do may never be published. However I'm enjoying the process and if I get just one published title based on one of the ideas generated I'll be a very happy author.

Lynne Garner
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5 comments:

  1. There are so many Blog Challenges around these days but I must admit that this is one of the better ones. I heard about it last week and will do it for the remaining three weeks. Isn't it amazing how ideas can be generated by a challenge like this.

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  2. External pressure and 'doing stuff together' are great motivators. Plus it's lovely to see something that raises the profile of picture books. Hope the ideas keep coming, Lynne.

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  3. I am surprised at how much more aware I am of daily events, conversations (especially with small children) and my surroundings to give me inspiration. PiBoIdMo is a great idea and so far I'm on schedule!
    Wishing all PiBoIdMo writers and illustrators a great November.

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  4. Yes, PiBoIdMO is a great motivation to to jot down ideas that may or may not turn into something - I'm enjoying participating in it.

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  5. I've never done one of these challenges, but your post on it, and Juliet Clare Bell's from a few weeks ago, have both really got me thinking. I like the way you have each come up with a load of ideas, some of which may well turn into stories one day. I might have a go next year.

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