And it was! (Is!)
PiBoIdMo or Picture Book Idea Month is a challenge to come up with 30 ideas for picture books during the month of November. (I actually wrote September there first, a bit behind, it seems …) You’re not supposed to write a certain amount of words or pages, just come up with original ideas that can be developed at a later time. Since there’s no pressure to create a finished product I expect that the ideas will flow more freely, and that my inner censor perhaps might be able to go on a coffee break.
This is a challenge that makes it possible for me to feel small glimpses of creativity even in the middle of the day, just taking a break from my day job, or putting a load of laundry in the washing machine. And for that I am truly thrilled.
This is day 2 and so far I’ve got 10 ideas.
Who knows? And that’s the beauty of challenges like these. It doesn’t matter.
Out of the 30 ideas that I hope to come up with, maybe one or two will be really good ideas that I will want to pursue. Maybe one or two of the ideas will be developed in another form, perhaps as a book for older children or maybe even for grown-ups.
And just like when I started learning photography and realized that I was beginning to look at the world around me in a different way than I had before, I’m now feeling something similar to that experience but regarding ideas. I’m afraid that I’ve been blocking new ideas, because I’ve felt that I haven’t had time to write any more than what I’m already doing. And that might very well be a really stupid thing to do! So now I’m putting up a sign outside that says: IDEAS WELCOME HERE! And I’ve got OneNote lists and Scrivener folders and notebooks and random scraps of paper ready to catch them if they should happen to pass me by. Not just picture book ideas, but all kinds of ideas, big and small. Good and bad.
I’m not sure that it will make a difference in my writing, at least not short term, but everything that gives me a creative boost and perhaps most of all makes me feel like a creative person is something I’m extremely grateful for.