Yes, STORYSTORM is coming in January 2019. Registration will begin after Christmas. Subscribe to this blog (button in left column) to receive all the posts via email…or visit (the blog) daily.


What is Storystorm? It’s a month-long story brainstorming event.

Tired of watching novelists have all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers. PiBoIdMo began in 2009 and was held annually every November.

But In 2017, PiBoIdMo was moved to January and the name changed to Storystorm to reflect a broader scope. Any writer eager to brainstorm ideas can now participate—professionals, amateurs, teachers and students.

The Storystorm challenge is to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.

You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas. Your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass. Eventually, you will have a list of ideas to flesh out into concepts and premises in the coming year.

On this blog, daily posts by authors, illustrators, editors and other publishing professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories.

Storystorm registration begins every year in late December and continues into the first week of January. On January 31, participants who completed the challenge are asked to take the Storystorm Winner’s Pledge stating they ended the month with 30 or more ideas. (It’s on the honor system. Participants do not have to post their ideas. In fact, I urge them not to!)

Writers who register and complete the challenge will be eligible for prizes:

  • Feedback from literary agents and editors
  • Original art by kidlit illustrators
  • Critiques from published authors and editors
  • Signed books
  • Bookish jewelry
  • Other cool writerly stuff

Storystorm is free and will continue to remain free for all who participate.

I only ask in return that you support my books in any way you can—purchase them, review them, and/or ask your library to carry them. My books make it possible for me to keep this event running.

Thank you,
Tara Lazar
Funny Author Lady


PiBoIdMo 2015 Posts 
(Alphabetical list of guest bloggers coming soon.)

PiBoIdMo 2014 Guest Bloggers
(Click name to read their guest post.)

Caitlin B. Alexander
Jennifer Arena
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Ruth McNally Barshaw
Kelly Bingham
Karen Henry Clark
Floyd Cooper
Deborah Freedman
Josh Funk
Henry Herz
Molly Idle
Barbara Krasner
Mylisa Larsen
Tara Lazar
Kelly Light
Pat Zietlow Miller
Diana Murray
Trinka Hakes Noble
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Dev Petty
Aaron Reynolds
Mira Reisberg
Marsha Riti
Tammi Sauer
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Liz Garton Scanlon
Vesper Stamper
Sandra Tayler
Shelley Moore Thomas
Deborah Underwood
Kristi Valiant
Emma Virján

PiBoIdMo 2013 Guest Bloggers
(Click name to read their guest post.)

Mike Allegra
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Steve Barr
Artie Bennett
Marcie Colleen
Katie Davis
Drew Daywalt
Dianne de Las Casas
Betsy Devany
Ame Dyckman
Julie Falatko
Michael Garland
Maria Gianferrari
Dorina Lazo Gilmore
Melissa Guion
Julie Hedlund
Leeza Hernandez
Lenore & Daniel Jennewein
Laurie Keller
Bitsy Kemper
Kami Kinard
Renee Kurilla
Tara Lazar
Adam Lehrhaupt
Kelly Light
Wendy Martin
Stacy McAnulty
Todd McQueen
Pat Miller
Pat Zietlow Miller
Zachariah Ohora
Anne Marie Pace
Greg Pizzoli
Tammi Sauer
Paul Schmid
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Ryan Sias
Annette Simon
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Joni Sussman
Kristi Valiant
Kayleen West
Jane Yolen

…with thanks to Joyce Wan for designing the 2013 PiBoIdMo logo.

PiBoIdMo 2012 Guest Bloggers
(Click name to read their guest post.)

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Peter Brown

James Burks
Dianne de Las Casas
Kelly DiPucchio

Amy Dixon
Kate Dopirak
Ame Dyckman
Donna W. Earhardt
Marcus Ewert
Deborah Freedman
Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Peter Harren
Charise Mericle Harper
Julie Hedlund
Leeza Hernandez

Carter Higgins
Ward Jenkins
Mike Jung
Ella Kennen
Diane Kredensor
Emma Ledbetter, Assistant Editor, Atheneum
Kelly Light
Deb Lund
Tracy Marchini
Wendy Martin
Diana Murray
Laura Murray
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Carol Rasco, CEO of RIF
Aaron Reynolds
Laura Sassi
Liz Garton Scanlon
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Kayla Skogh
Tammi Sauer
Mr. Schu, School Librarian & Kidlit Book Blogger

Melissa Sweet
Will Terry
Audrey Vernick
Robert Weinstock
Tamson Weston, Editor & Consultant
Timothy Young

To continue the picture book discussion, please join our Storystorm Facebook group. Connect with other participants and kidlit professionals, chat about the event and other writerly topics.

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