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NaNoDrawMo, NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo and PAD

Call me crazy, but I've always loved creative challenges. During the month of November, I'm going to be participating in:

NaNoWriMo: I've been doing background and outlining of my cartoon-illustrated middle grade novel, Vampire Zombie Squirrels From Outer Space, and it's finally time to start writing it. I may not reach 50,000 words, but that's okay. I figure it'll be fun to try, and if I finish the first draft before hitting 50,000 words, that's also okay. Call me a NaNoRebel, but quality is more important to me than quantity in this case.

NaNoDrawMo: Just found out about this drawing challenge from Jeff. The goal: 50 sketches/drawings in a month. I figure I need more sketching practice, so this is a good excuse.

PiBoIdMo: Picture Book Idea Month. The goal: to come up with 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. I'm counting on at least ONE of these ideas being good enough to turn into a picture book mss that I can submit to publishers, along with storyboard sketches.

November PAD: Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge. The goal: 30 poems in 30 days, with a daily topic prompt from Robert Lee Brewer. I'm a closet aspiring poet and have even sold a few poems in the past. The whole insta-poem aspect of PAD is creatively liberating, I find.

What about the rest of you? Anyone doing one of the challenges above?


Reader Comments (10)

Debbie - you are ca-razy! (but in a good way) :-) I'm exhausted just reading this post much less doing all the challenges.

I'm doing PiBoIdMo, but I hadn't heard about PAD. I may have to throw that one in there too to stretch myself some. The picture book relies heavily on poetic form, imho, and I want/need more practice writing poetry. It intimidates me though, so maybe PAD is a good place to start...

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Hedlund

I'll be doing both November PAD and NaNoWriMo! I'm really excited about it!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Wow, are you doing all four challenges? AND cooking Thanksgiving dinner?

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Omigosh! You are amazing! I am only doing NaNoWriMo this year and that's enough for me :) One year I finished NaNo and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) simultaneously and that really kicked my patootie. I look forward to your updates, if you have time!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

Okay, you are so not, sleeping, cleaning, driving, or watching tv during Nov. are you? Will you be at Thanksgiving dinner writing? (I believe I will, lol and that's only with one challenge) so write buddy me on nanowrimo please I need all the support I can get and I'll love to return the favor!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLM Preston

I'm in for NaNoWriMo this year. This is my second effort and I hope to be a winner this time. Good luck on your all November ventures.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I'm doing NaNoWriMo. That's enough for me...I have a family and a day job. More than that would be nuts.

I'll do a sketch-a-day some other month.

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNobilis

I am in awe. I hope you're not too busy with all of those things.
Maybe next year I'll plan to do more than just NaNoWriMo.
Speaking of which, only two hours to go for me! I'm so excited.

Good luck to you this November, Debbie!

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReesha

I'm doing NaNoWriMo. PLEEASE say you'll do a cartoon or two for the month.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaladriel

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, and also NaKniSweMo, where you knit a sweater in the month of November. Good luck with your challenges.

(I haven't been able to access your site for days but today it's back again.)

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

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