Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why November is the best month of the year!

November is one of my favorite months because of Thanksgiving, of course, but it has some other amazing things going for it. One of them is Picture Book Idea Month (aka PiBoIdMo)!! I participated for the first time last year and I loved it!!! It's run by Tara Lazar and features lots of inspirational posts starting the last week of October. I wasn't writing at all last year when I joined, but since then I have one completed dummy, two more are in the works, and another one is brewing in my sketchbook. It's a really a low pressure thing to join. A lot of my ideas are just sparks or titles, not fleshed out stories. Don't worry about whether they're good or bad. The mere act of being open to ideas all month gets your brain working and open and receptive. Even if you don't intend to write, I guarantee it will improve your illustrations. You'll be so focused on story that your work will automatically be showing more story in it. Isn't that what children's illustration is all about? Check out Tara's blog, sign up, and start catching all of those ideas swirling around out there! There are prizes, people!

Our own Renee Kurilla will be a guest poster on the PiBoIdMo site on Tuesday, November 26th

I put all of my ideas in a cute little notebook by my bed I kept by my bed.

SkADaMo 2013 post monkey

As excited as I am about PiBoIdMo, I may be even more excited about SkADaMo started by one of my favorite illustrators, Linda Silvestri! I'm already sketching everyday, so this one's a given. I also don't beat myself up if I miss a day or two. This is supposed to be fun, not stressful!!!

Now if you're feeling really ambitious, do both, like me. Jenn Bower has a great little organizational tool for you here. She also has some great links to get you started on stories, too.

Remember to have fun! Play! Don't stress, it defeats the whole purpose. Nobody ever has to see what you're doing or not doing.

If I can keep on track I'll be posting my sketches on my personal blog.


  1. Great post! I'm really getting revved up for November! It's great to be in such cool and talented company as well!

  2. Thanks. You are so right. Last year was my first PiBoIdMo. I wasn't taking my writing seriously, but it really improved my illustration, as well as changing my perspective on authorship.

  3. Such a good post, Laura. I love November as well. It seems like the perfect time to fill up our creative wells for the upcoming new year. Love that little notebook, too!

    1. Thanks, Gina! Last year's PiBoIdMo changed my whole way of thinking. I just love it! The notebook is a set of two, I think, so it'll last me for awhile. I just love it!

  4. December is the best month in my opinion because its the last month of the year, awaiting a new year moment and the feeling is somewhat special and extraordinary.. Its a shifting moment and make you wanna become better next year..