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Tags: 12X12, 2012, Happy New Year, Juie Hedlund, Kat Apel, MoP
Categories : 12X12, Interesting blogs, Poetry
When it comes to writing, I’m a deadlines girl. I look at a deadline and somehow the creativity scrapes itself together and finds its way onto a page. No deadline, and my writing … mostly just doesn’t get done.
You can tell 2012 is off to a good start—this month I have signed myself up for two deadlines. I’ve signed on for Month of Poetry and (while I was in the mood for grabbing at deadlines) I have also signed on for 12X12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge.
Month of Poetry (coordinated by Kat Apel) involves writing a poem every day for the whole of January. It’s surprising how hard it is to come up with a poem every day and just as surprising how it can be done when you actually sit there and decide it must. be. written.
When 12X12 (coordinated by Julie Hedlund) turned up in my facebook feed, I knew it would be a Very Useful Deadline. So —ta da!—I will be writing a new picture book manuscript every month for twelve months. Luckily it only has to be a draft, not a polished product.
And look! There’s a badge! (Anyone joining me?)
So far 2012 is looking pretty good. Happy New Year!
PS Both of these challenges have twitter hashtags: #MoP and #12x
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Tags: NaNoWriMo, PiBoIdMo, picture book ideas, Picture Book Ideas Month, Tara Lazar
Categories : children's writing, Interesting blogs, PiBoIdMo
PiBoIdMo. Day 1.
I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year but I have signed up for PiBoIdMo*—Picture Book Idea Month. Everyone taking part agrees to come up with a picture book idea for every day in November. That’s 30 ideas for picture books. *looks optimistic*
If you’d like to take part, you can find out more over at Tara Lazar’s blog. And here’s the cool PiBoIdMo badge, to show I’m officially thinking:
I’m not sharing what my ideas are, assuming I can dredge up 30 good ones. I don’t like sharing too soon before a story is fleshed out—but if I come up with an idea while I’m doing something interesting, then perhaps I will share about what I was doing when inspiration struck.
So, to kick start my 30 ideas, I got my first idea when I was listening to a group of 8 year olds this morning. They were chatting about possible titles for stories they were writing and my brain went off on a tangent. Now … only 29 to go.
Are you in?
*Thank you for not making it NaPiBoIdMo. I can sign on without feeling like an interloper.
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Tags: blogging, Sally Murphy Writing for Children Blog
Categories : Interesting blogs, My guest blogs, terrible misc
Today I am over at Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog, talking about why I blog. How exciting! See you over there.
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Tags: artists' blog, Briony Stewart, Campbell Whyte, Mr Squiggle
Categories : Interesting blogs
I came across Mr Squiggle blog a few days ago, and went back to it today for another look. It’s run (I think!) by dueling artists Campbell Whyte and Briony Stewart using the idea of the tv show from childhood, Mr Squiggle (take a squiggle, and turn it into something).
One of them presents the other with a squiggle to turn into a work of art, and then that one has a turn at setting the squiggle challenge. The only disappointment is that it appears that they stopped in August 2009. But I really enjoyed looking back through all the posts before that. Worth checking out.