As all of you know, I love a good writing challenge. Hint: NaNoWriMo? Not a good challenge. Storystorm? An excellent challenge.
What’s the difference between good and bad? Do-able while maintaining my sanity. Here are two challenges that I just discovered.
Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo).
This one is all about reading picture books as research for writing picture books. Having just looked at the reading list, I’m trying to decide just how do-able this is. The first four days list 10-11 books/day. Now, I have a library card and I can request titles. But I can only request 25 at a time. Yeah.
That said, I want to discover how other authors use mentor texts. I love the idea of mentor texts but I’ve never found it terribly successful. I think that 95% of the problem is that I want to follow the mentor text too closely as if it was a template. I’m hoping that this challenge, even if I can’t get every book ahead of time, will help me understand how other author’s use mentor texts and how they can be more helpful in my own writing.
This one starts Monday, February 27.
The Chapter Book Challenge (ChaBooCha).
This one is NaNoWriMo for children’s writers. In the month of March, you are challenged to write a complete draft of a YA or MG novel, chapter book or early reader. I’m signing up for this because I want to see what is what and how it differs from NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping it will be less insanity inducing than NaNoWriMo.
Intelligently enough, they encourage you to start with an outline. I’m going to work on Iron Mountain. Of course, I can also get an early reader roughed next month because those don’t take nearly as long as finishing my young adult. There are blog posts and a Facebook group and I’m looking forward to see what kind of information they put out there.
Hopefully one of these will interest some of you!