Check in – Check out – Check up: November Challenges

November appeared on the end of Halloween’s black cat tail…and it’s going to be a busy month!

Have you reached your writing goals so far this year?

jeremys first day at soccer made a goal 9_7‑13

Check-in: At the end of each month, Julie Hedlund requests that we check-in to let her know if we have completed a picture book draft as part of the 12×12 Challenge. I’m happy to say that I have! And please keep in mind that registration for 12×12 in 2014 is just around the corner. If you are looking to be inspired, motivated and encouraged in your picture book writing…THAT IS THE PLACE TO BE! This year, members at the Golden Book level had the opportunity to submit picture book manuscripts to ELEVEN awesome literary agents!

Check-out: I hope you will check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog because she will be announcing the FINALISTS in the Halloweensie Contest. There were almost 80 entriesclick here for her link up post to read some amazingly creative stories. Click here to read my submission: HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY COUNTDOWN. I’ll add the link as soon as it is available (Monday, November 4) that will take you to Susanna’s finalists’ page where you will be able to vote for your favorite.

November is a special month for writers…and picture book writers have two other super challenges in which they can participate.

Picture Book Month, founded by Dianne de las Casas, will provide daily inspirational posts by leading authors, illustrators and others in the kid lit community…all celebrating the importance of picture books in the lives of young children.

Picture Book Idea Month, founded by Tara Lazar, will provide daily AH-HA moments for every writer and illustrator. You sign up and pledge to write down a picture book idea EVERY DAY for the month of November. I participated last year and I can promise you that it was an amazing month-long series of generous sharing on the part of those who have ‘been there, done that’ and succeeded!!! And I now have a 2012 PiBoIdMo notebook with 30 ideas and a NEW 2013notebook that already has several. Not every idea will become a picture book manuscript…but some have…and a few are in submission. There is still time to sign up for PiBoIdMo…registration closes on November 7th. Challenges like this one will help you reach your writing goals.

Are you taking part in these challenges? What other writing or illustrating challenges are available?

Check-up: When did you have your last check-up? Do you get so busy with job, family and the responsibilities of your life that you put off going for that important annual routine check-up? I try to schedule mine around my birthday every year…that way I don’t forget. I did a post last year that details the top three health screeningsmost women should have.

November is also American Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Novel Writing Month, National Epilepsy Month, Native American Heritage Month, Military Family Month and Child Safety Protection Month! In addition, Book Lovers Day is today, November 2 and Young Readers Day is the 12th, Clean Your Refrigerator Day is the 15th, World Peace Day is the 17th, World Kindness Day is the 13th .the first night of Hanukkah is the 27th and Thanksgiving is the 28th. I’ll be writing about some of these important days this month.

And, last but not least, don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK (on Saturday night or Sunday morning) for Daylight Savings Time.

16 thoughts on “Check in – Check out – Check up: November Challenges

  1. Wow, you’ve got a lot going on! I wish I was ready for the 12/x12 challenge, but I doubt I’ll have time to focus on it next year. I’m keeping that option opened though. At least I signed up for •PiBoIdMo this year, and I’m really excited to do this challenge. I only have 2 book ideas in my head yet and I haven’t written anything down but I bought myself a special notebook for this project as a motivation tool. My kids already know my first book idea since they saw the draft this past summer, and they are very excited about the new book idea I came up with. They actually want me to put the whole book together and were disappointed I’m only writing the concept right now. Poor guys…


    • I think that ‘move your clocks back’ messes EVERYONE up, Rhythm. I don’t get it either.:) I know one of the big reasons they say they do it is so that kids won’t have to be waiting at the school bus stop in the dark…why not just have an hour less of school in the winter and the kids will get to sleep an hour longer.:) 🙂

      Wonder what you’ll find in your fridge? 🙂


  2. This is a very creative post, Vivian and heralds a lot of important goings on in this month. I am glad you put it down so succinctly and clearly.

    Did you know it was also Care Givers Month? You may have said that but I didn’t see it. There are so many goings on. Are you doing PiBoIdMo this month? I signed up but haven’t gotten one idea yet. However if I do get an idea I know how to increase that idea by the Mathematical formula way of the first blogger on Tara’s blog.

    It was Wow! on that one. I’m not sure if you saw it but it sure sounds impressive and doable. Since it exponentially increases your one idea to so many, I hope I get one idea. 🙂


    • You know, Clar…sometimes I go on the FB forums and hear what others are doing. Then I think to myself, I should be doing that or this or whatever. But then when I look at my lists, I feel better because I realize that I AM doing a bunch of stuff…none of us, after all, can be doing everything.:)

      I am doing PiBoIdMo…I’m sure I’ll see you there in the comments.:)I think the Math one was Sudipta who talked about math variables and combining the different elements of your different stories (character, plot, setting, etc.) with each other to get many new interesting story ideas…kind of like mash-ups.


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