It’s the perfect time to be doing PiBoIdMo for me. Why?
No more tutoring for the year, family still at school, a quiet house during the day, my kickstarter that can’t quite start yet (few tasks but nearly there). Finally the space to write.
So where are the ideas brewing.
This year is inspired by research.
When I have an idea I see if it has been done before, and if not, I begin to brainstorm it. If it has been done I see if I can put a new twist on it, and then persist with it. If not I put it in the ‘don’t bother with it pile.’
I might be inspired by some of the blogs over at Tara’s blog and see whether their ideas help me make it an even better idea.
I’ve been reading a lot of Pasifika mythology, while thinking about a lot of the world endangered creatures and creatures that might not be endangered but who I would like to know more facts about. Who knows maybe I’ll combine these ideas, but how – that will be a surprise.
I’ve been taking note of funny stories my family tell and stories from Mum that I must ask her more about, but which I have a vague recollection from as a child. Perhaps in these conversations a story idea might be born.
Now if I am sick of my computer, I think a walk might inspire an idea, so definitely heading out for one of those. The picture at the header of this post is an emu carved by a chainsaw. Hmm maybe there is an idea in that.
In Australia we have just reached day 5.
Good luck everyone with the rest of your PiBoIdMo. May you find even just one wonderful gem of idea that you feel passionate about dedicating some time to developing and polishing.
Thirty days, thirty picture book ideas. At first, that doesn’t sound too hard. And you’ll undoubtedly have terrific ideas in the first few weeks, nuggets that have been waiting to be uncovered for a while that PiBo is forcing you to excavate.
But then, if you’re like me…it’ll start getting harder. Maybe you’ll even hit the wall…and start to think you’ll never have another good idea again…and then maybe never any idea at all ever again…and then you’ll be tempted to quit the PiBo challenge and give up on your writing dreams and move to the Adirondacks and live in a small cabin you hand-make out of fallen branches so you’ll never have to face anyone ever again…
OK, maybe it won’t get that bad. But it is not uncommon to hit the “idea wall,” so to speak – and that is always disheartening. So before you…
Successful Creatives know that in order to succeed, you need structures in place. But wait! Doesn’t that go against everything “creative”? Don’t you need to live within an unorganized, tortured, magical mess in order to hit on the greatest ideas?
Um. No. You don’t need that. You won’t prosper with that.
I really like bow ties. I didn’t know that until I decided to be bold one day, and buy some bow ties, and wear them to work. I tried them. I loved them. I’m wearing one today!
Okay, your ideas and creative success are not like my bow ties. Noted.
But if you believe that your best ideas come during wild bouts of chaos, I dare you to try out some Accountable Creativity. You may end up loving it, like I love my bow ties.
As a firm believer that structures set people up for creative…