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    ReviMo – Day 5, 6 & 7

    Ok, so the end of ReviMo 2014 has arrived. How did you do? I didn’t do too badly. I admit that I didn’t quite get around to revising 7 manuscripts but I did manage 5 and that is the important part – that some of my picture book manuscripts did get a good looking over and a bit of sprucing. If I hadn’t have entered this writing challenge at all, I would have achieved nothing, so 5/7 to me is a bonus. Day 5 Revisions This manuscript was another idea from my stay in Dunedin, New Zealand. It will hopefully be a historical fiction picture book (my favourite type to…

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    ReviMo – Day 3 and 4

    Phew! The days are whizzing by! I am busy with kids on their holidays, a birthday boy, joining in #illo52weeks and ReviMo – so yesterday even though I participated in Day 3 of ReviMo, I didn’t get time write a post about it. So I am doing 2 in one today. Day 3 Revisions I revisited a relatively new manuscript which was begun during last years PiBoIdMo 2013 writing challenge This story came about because of a few nick nacks I found whilst on one of my weekly walks (there is a lot of sitting down with writing and illustrating) It has been critiqued once, and rewritten twice. Yesterday was…

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    ReviMo – Day 2

    Yes, I know I am writing two posts on the same day but international times always confuse me as does daylight savings. This causes huge problems when I enter USA writing challenges online. As a teenager in Jersey, Channel Islands, every year I would go to my Saturday job an hour too early or an hour too late when the clocks went back and forward. It is something I will never beat! Anyway, today is day 2 for ReviMo and you can read Meg Miller’s latest post with Miranda Paul  here: ReviMo day 2 – Interview with Miranda Paul Day 2 revisions: I revisited an old picture book manuscript started…

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    ReviMo – Revise More Picture Books Week – Day 1

    A new year comes with new challenges. I have already mentioned how I have started a new illustration challenge here: 52 week illustration challenge My next challenge is by Meg Miller: ReviMo – Revise More Picture Books Week – from January 12-18, 2014.      So today I sat down and looked back at an oldie but a goodie. I like to look at manuscripts that have been put to the side for a while as it helps me look back at them with fresh eyes. This particular manuscript was started in May 2012 and was received well by my critique group but it is a hard sell to publishers. It is…

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    End of PiBoIdMo 2013

    Well, it has certainly been a busy November – I managed to finish this years writing challenge PiBoIdMo 2013 with 36 ideas. I admit that some days I thought my  brain had run dry of any more picture book concepts or ideas but at the last minute something always entered my mind and Bingo! Of the 36 ideas I think at least 3 have potential. 3 is better than nothing, which is what I may have had by the end of November had I not participated. One of those ideas developed into a full manuscript and counted as my November draft for the other writing challenge that I am also…

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    Picture Book Month & PiBoIdMo2013!

    The 1st of November is quite a big day in the world  of picture books for the following two reasons:   1. – It is the first day of PiBoIdMo 2103 which means anyone participating has to come up with a new picture book idea or concept each day of November! Find out more here: PiBoIdMo2013. Have you come up with your idea for day 1 yet? Thankfully, mine just came to me after reading todays post on Tara Lazar’s blog via guest Diane De Las Casas. So that’s 1 down 29 to go. 🙂     2. – It is also Picture Book Month which means it is the…

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    PiBoIdMo 2013 is about to begin!

      On 1st November 2013 PiBoIdMo will begin. This will be my third year participating in this writers challenge and I highly recommend it to get the literary juices flowing. For each of the 30 days of November your challenge is to come up with a new picture book idea or concept. It is then up to you how much you develop it. I have come up with some of my best manuscripts from ideas conceived during PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Ideas Month). To register for free or find out more go to Tara lazar’s website here: Writing For Kids (While Raising Them)   And if you like to write verse…

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    Chapter Book Challenge 2013

    Finally, here is my first post for 2013 and it starts with a new challenge. You can read about it here: Chapter Book Challenge 2013. Have you entered? Here is what it is about: ‘The Chapter Book Challenge is an informal challenge, and it is self-directed. At the end of the challenge, you let me know if you have completed the challenge, and I trust that you will be honest. The challenge itself is to write the first draft of an early reader, HiLo book, chapter book, middle grade book or even a YA book, and to write the book from start to finish, during the month of March, from March 1st through…

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    12x12x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge Completed!

    At the beginning of the year I wrote about a writing challenge I had decided to join: Participant Badge for 12 x 12 in 2012. Then half way through the year I wrote about it again to mark a milestone: Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge. Now we have come to the end of the year and it is time to write the final update about the challenge and how I went with it. I am glad to say I did it, I managed to write 12 manuscript drafts for picture books and I am now looking forward to rereading them again in the new year. I look forward to…

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    Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge!

    I woke up to a party going on in my writing blog world. It is official, we are half way through the 12 Picture books in 12 months in 2012 writing challenge. I have previously written about it here in my New Year – New Goals  post. The 12 x 12 writing challenge was the brain child of Julie Hedlund, visit her and join in her party too! While you’re at it, why don’t you click here and visit all the other 12 x 12 party goers too! So, have I managed to write a picture book manuscript each month so far? Thankfully the answer to that is yes! And…