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?
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 entries…click 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.
- Interview with Marcie Colleen: Author of Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide (rlkurstedt.wordpress.com)
- November: A Month of Writing Challenges (rockinghorsewriting.com)
- Picture Book Prompt #2 – Barbara Jean Hicks (tinanicholscouryblog.com)
- Picture Book Prompt #1 – Barbara Jean Hicks (tinanicholscouryblog.com)
- PiBoIdMo – Barbara Jean Hicks (tinanicholscouryblog.com)
- November – Picture Book Month (kathytemean.wordpress.com)
- PiBoIdMo 2013 Day 1 (loniedwards.com)
- PiBoIdMo 2013 is almost here! (sketchedout.wordpress.com)
- November – Picture Book Month (darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com)
- November Word Wars: NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo (writersrumpus.com)