The 2013 Chapter Book Challenge is in March

If you are working on a novel for children as I am, NaNo WriMo might not exactly fit your needs. This one is especially timely for me. I will be coming off a month of writing a picture book draft a day in February. (Okay, well, one a day sometimes and five in a day to catch up. Did I say they were good? Um, no, at least not at this point.)

March will be different. I want to finish a novel I have been working on for years and this challenge is perfect. Finishing it should just take a couple of weeks. I am very close. That will give me some time for edits I have marked. I know I shouldn’t do this, but I have been editing as I go, so when I finish at the end of March , I hope it will be ready to go. I plan to refine my pitch at an SCBWI regional mini-workshop. I am saying this now to commit myself to it.

If you want to finish or draft a book, click below. What do you have to lose? I have met some amazing people through these challenges.

Chapter Book Challenge: Line-up of authors, agents and publishers guest posting for 2013’s ChaBooCha.


Twelve Picture Books in Twelve Months

If you are a picture book writer, you may be interested in this exciting community. It isn’t free, but it isn’t expensive either, and it offers the benefits of support, motivation, and information. I am going to sign up!

Information for 2013 |

Just Say Okay

Here’s a blog that will keep you up on the latest news in creativity. Today’s post discusses the importance of commitment.  Too often, we put everything else first.

Annual November creativity challenges such as Picture Book Idea Month give us permission to put our creative lives front and center. The resulting excitement inevitably spills out into the rest of the year.

How to Commit to Your Creativity | The Creativity Post.

Adventures in Agentland

This “wonder” ful blog post lists some other resources for NaNoWriMo participants, including revision-related links for December and beyond. Even if you are not participating these links will help with your novel.

Adventures in Agentland.

The Insomniacs | Flowering Minds

If you are writing a bedtime story for children, some may tell you that everything has been done. Don’t believe it! Here’s a detailed review of a delightful new story about not being able to fall asleep.

The Insomniacs | Flowering Minds.

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet – GalleyCat

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and you are like me, you are looking at the title of this recommended post and laughing. Stop laughing and sign off. I am doing that now…

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet – GalleyCat.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5 | Text Message Poems |

Today’s prompt is a little different. It challenges you to write a text message poem. Unfortunately, I am really cheap. My emergency cell phone does not include a data package, so I don’t text. Mine might be kind of strange. You can probably do better, but it’s one of my writing warm-ups for this month. Check out the other entries on Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. The link is below, followed by my text message tale (yes, it is a story).

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 5 | Text Message Poems |

where R U?

sky harbor

thot U were coming 2nite

chng of plans

where R U going

dont no yet

what do U mean

gotta go


whte lite

end of message

12 x 12 |

If you are doing the Picture Book Idea Month challenge and want to take it one step farther next year, here’s information about a group that pledges to write one picture book draft a month in 2013 and revise another, with the option to commit to submitting. You have to register soon if you are interested.

12 x 12 |

Draft a Picture Book Every Day for a Month

I haven’t had any picture books published yet, but I am working on it. The market is very competitive right now, but not as closed as it was a couple of years ago. Armed with hints and information from–count’em–four writer’s conferences this year, I am ready to hit the track running.

If you would like to join me and other writers for children across the land, click on the link below and find out about Picture Book Idea Month.

Picture Book Idea Month – The Best Time of the Year! « Marcy’s Meanderings.