Today is the first day of PiBoIdMo! There is a wonderfully inspirational post up at the blog here by Carol Hampton Rasco. She is the President/CEO of Reading is Fundamental (RIF). I have wonderful memories of the RIF program when I was a child. I would cherish the books I received. To learn more about RIF please click here.
I woke up at 4 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep for a while. The post for PiBo wasn’t up yet, but I felt inspired. I grabbed my sketchbook and started jotting down the ideas. After a bit I came up with 3 ideas and a few little thumbnails. One was a very good idea that I am hoping to really expand on. Then the PiBo blog post appeared in my feed! After reading it, I was inspired again, and 2 more ideas flowed! Yay! I love days like that don’t you?
Some people have asked how I do PiBo. I usually start with a sketchbook. I think visually, so usually I have a picture in my head first. Then after that the words usually flow. My pages in my sketchbook end up looking a bit messy when I am done with my scribbles and doodles. But it doesn’t matter. This is the brainstorm stage. I don’t need to be bothered with details at this point. I just need to feed that muse 🙂 Here is a photo I took this morning of some of the doodles and writings I did.
I ended up with 3 full pages of this. At the end of PiBo, I usually go back and pick out the drawings I really like and start writing and expanding on the ideas I’ve written down. Everyone who participates does it differently. You just have to figure out what works for you! Good luck to all participants, and also good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). November is such a creative month!