In Which I Look Into the PiBoIdMo List and Find it…Not ALL Heffalumps and Woozles

It’s mid-January, which means 2012 is well on its way. Which means, yes, that I should be doing something with that list of ideas I came up with last November, in Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo. How easy would it be for me to let this all go? Oh, too, too easy.


This weekend, I went back to step 1 on my post-PiBoIdMo to-do list: prioritize my ideas. Honestly, when I thought about putting my entire list of 50+ ideas in order, it was a bit overwhelming. I mean, I knew without looking that some of those ideas were pretty awful, and I just didn’t feel like spending much any time debating which of them most deserved pride-of-last-place. You know?

I came up with a compromise. I would build the list, and then I would prioritize my top 10. Seems rational, right? Realistically, how many of these ideas am I really going to have time to develop into a full story before next November, and PiBoIdMo 2012, rolls around?

I opened up each file and took a look at the idea, reminding myself what the file name I’d assigned it actually meant. And I have to tell you, as I worked my way through each and stuck them on a list, I was fighting back the slightly nauseating feeling that I wasn’t going to find ten story ideas I could even tolerate. You know, once that PiBoIdMo glow had worn off.

But guess what? Ten is just not that big a number!

I have my list. And that short-list is actually not horrible.  When I looked into the pit and dug around a lot, instead of heffalumps and woozles, I think I found a little honey. Most, if not all the ideas spark at least an image or a bit of character in my imagination, and the couple that don’t–well, they make me at least want that spark. Which is more than I can say for some of those ideas that would have ended up at the bottom of the list.

And the idea that landed at the top? That took the #1 post. Yeah. There’s a story in there I want to write.

How are you doing on your post-PiBoIdMo work? Found any honey yet?


4 thoughts on “In Which I Look Into the PiBoIdMo List and Find it…Not ALL Heffalumps and Woozles

  1. Good for you for braving the Woozles and finding some honey instead.

    I’m quite happy with the idea I used for my January 12 x 12 draft, and I’m even happier with the way it turned out. I went at it differently than I have with picture books in the past, and it flowed easily. There are another couple of ideas that I think have honey potential, and a few more that I hope will at least let me produce a draft of something that bees might find honey-making quality.


  2. I plan to start tomorrow! Although I already know which story I am going to write for January (which I also plan to start tomorrow).

    Sure you don’t want to join us for 12 x 12? 🙂


    • beckylevine says:

      Good for you! I love your idea of 12 X 12, and if I were only doing PBs, I might join in. Still trying to make progress on my YA, though, too. 🙂


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