This afternoon I took the plunge and joined Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 in 2012 challenge. Thank you, Julie for hosting this amazing contest! Support from my writing peers throughout my PiBoIdMo experience kept me on track and writing every day. I look forward to participating in this new challenge with all of you throughout the year!
This evening I finally read my PiBoIdMo journal from cover to cover. I must admit, I was a little hesitant at first, afraid of what I might or might not find. When I began to read, I realized why writers must write every single day. I had already forgotten some of my most intriguing and unusual picture book ideas! I enjoyed rediscovering these little gems, and I narrowed down my ideas to a top twenty list. Out of those twenty there are five that really peak my interest. They are, not surprisingly, related to events from my childhood and my adventures in teaching. My best writing is usually inspired by my life experiences. I have found that a good deal of time must pass between these life experiences and my writing before something worthy materializes. With age and wisdom comes understanding, and with understanding comes the real story.
I discovered several picture book writing tools and templates on a website I use frequently for lesson planning called readwritethink.org sponsored by the International Reading Association. I am using the plot pitch template to flesh out my “little gems.”
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes. -Benjamin Franklin