The Picture Book Idea hunting season is about to open. Whether you are a returning participant or this is your first year, here are five simple steps to get ready:
Make a Cage
You're going to need somewhere to keep all those juicy ideas when you collect them, so decide now where you'll put them. Maybe create a separate file on your computer or buy an official journal at the piboidmo Cafe Press. Maybe you'll simply designate an idea jar, or maybe you'll paint an idea rock to hold them all down. Wherever you keep them, make sure it's a place that you can return to again and again throughout the year.
Make sure you have some kind of idea-catching device with you at all times. It might be sticky notes and a pencil, or perhaps you'll opt for the more technologically advanced cell phone. Whatever you choose, make sure your weapons are loaded and ready to go at a moment's notice.
Set a Trap
Those ideas can be elusive buggers. Lure them to you with a baited trap of mentor texts. If you're reading books inside and outside your chosen genre. You never know when an idea will get curious and fly right up to you!
Put on Camouflage
When you're out hunting for those ideas, it's best to blend in with your surroundings. Ideas like to hide in overheard conversations and observed vignettes. So keep your eyes and ears open, and work on being invisible.
Get a License
There's really no license required, but there is a community of idea hunters just like you. We hang out all November at piboidmo.com. And if you "register" between October 25 and November 5, you become eligible for awesome prizes. Come join the fun!
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