Kicking off the new year

I cheered in the new year last night with my sweetie, and this afternoon we partied with friends. This year, this is how it’ll go, I hope. I’m going to enjoy the year, make adventures, see what I can do to surprise myself.

And I’m going to work my butt off to meet some writing goals. More about that, and my 2013 accomplishments, in another post. For now, I want to tell you about my first challenge of the year, because if you write for kids, you might want to leap into this with me.

Shannon Abercrombie has put together “Start the Year Off Write 2014,” 21 days of writing exercises to get the challenge participants jived and writing. Interested? Go here to learn more. Hurry. It begins January 5.

I’m hoping this challenge works in concert with another one I’m doing in January — “ReviMo,” a week dedicated to revising what’s already been written. Picture book manuscripts, that is. This challenge is the work of the ever-supportive Meg Miller.

If you write PBs, find out more about this challenge here.

Speaking of challenges, I hadn’t mentioned on my blog that I would be participating in PiBoIdMo in November 2013 (Tara Lazar’s baby). Well, I did participate, and came up with 30 picture book ideas in 30 days, which is the goal behind the challenge. Well, actually, I did it in the last five or so days of the month.  (November was otherwise challenging.) With those ideas and the extra large batch I have from the previous year, I’m armed and ready for Start Off the Year Write and ReviMo.

Let’s go then! Pencils poised…begin.



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8 responses to “Kicking off the new year

  1. I’m planning on doing both Shannon and Meg’s challenges. 🙂

    Congrats to you on winning PiBoIdMo! I got 30 but then when I went over my scribblings, I realized I actually duplicated 2 of them. LOL!

  2. My January if filling up quickly! With all the support, I don’t think it’s going to be hard to keep the resolutions this year!

  3. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Count me in for those challenges too! Thank goodness I finally kicked the flu so I will be in tip-top shape for writing fun!

    • So sorry you were ill, Cathy. Stay healthy! We’ve got work to do, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in March at The Carle or at the NESCBWI conference in May.

      • Cathy Ballou Mealey

        Is it presumptuous of me to have an envelope already addressed and stamped, awaiting the Carle registration form? 😉

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