Friday, November 2, 2012

Day Two - PiBoIdMo 2012

It is day two of Picture Book Idea Month!

Do I have two ideas yet?

Yes. I came up with one idea last night and three today! Yah!

How do you come up with ideas?

Be aware of everything around you. Don't let anything pass by unnoticed.
Watch television. Watch the channels geared towards kids and watch channels such as Discover, History and National Geographic. Take a walk, go to the park or playground, go into the woods.

Make a list of the different kinds of picture books, such as . . .
board books
lift the flap books, novelty books
counting books, abc books, books about colors, books about shapes
animal books
bedtime books
biography picture books for older children
non-fiction picture books (they say these are sometimes easier to sell)
fairy tales
folk tales

What interests you? What are you familiar with? What do you want to know more about?

Ask what if?

Do you think everything has been written about?

Yes I think everything has been written about, so you have to put a new spin on a old topic and make it unique.

Anyone have any ideas to share?

Good luck!

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Good tips. I think watching kids' TV is especially good.

  2. Writing picture books sounds much more difficult than writing for adults. Kudos!


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