Manuscripts,  writing challenge

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 the very reason that I can keep coming up with new ideas each month is what is actually keeping me going. Because sometimes you do start to doubt yourself (am I wasting my time, am I actually any good at this, what if I run out of ideas, blah, blah, blah) But I do keep coming up with new ideas and this is what keeps me going. Here are some of the story ideas I have written about so far:

January – A young boy is looking for clean undies…

February – Florence loves the library but…

March – Farley the fox has trouble doing something that all foxes should be able to do.

April – A little penguin is determined to be able to fly just like his friends.

May – A caterpillar and a tadpole are the best of friends and help each other when something very strange happens to them!

June – Letters go back and forth between a father and his daughter in 1929.


A selection of the manuscripts written this year so far. Plus my PiBoIdMo 2011 notebook that I use for my ideas.

Happy writing and thanks for stopping by!


New note:

Due to a lot of discussion on our 12 x 12 Facebook page  I have cut my story pitches back. This is because posting whole stories or pitch ideas may be copied by others or make them invalid for publishing as they have already been seen. This may mean that some of your lovely comments below might not make as much sense, sorry!

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  • Beth Stilborn

    I’m delighted to read what you’ve been working on this year! I especially love the idea of the little fairy penguin believing it can fly because fairies can fly!

    Yay us! Half-way through and going strong!

  • viviankirkfield

    Hi Ramona…so nice to meet you. 🙂
    Congratulations on the first 6 months of 12×12! And thank you for the photo that shows what looks like the mockups of your picture book drafts…I did that for a picture book I wrote many years ago, but for 12×12 I haven’t done that…I’ve just typed them out on a single sheet of paper. I know what I need to do are mockups…it will give me a better idea of how the story flows…hurray for 12×12’ers…always giving each other great ideas. 🙂
    Also, I love the one about the kid and the grandma and the undies…I visited my 3 year old grandson in April and one of my drafts in the next six months will be about that visit…socks that are washed in the sink and underwear that looks quite pink. 🙂
    Happy writing in the second half of 12×12!

  • Genevieve Petrillo

    I love the tadpole/caterpillar idea. That would’ve been a huge hit in my 3rd grade classroom where we raised both every spring.

    Do you really print out your manuscripts? Or was that just for demonstration purposes for the post?

    • Ramona

      Thanks Genevieve, I am so glad you liked the tadpole/caterpillar idea. And yes, I print our every manuscript that I do for a couple of reasons:
      1 – I like to read them away from the computer and edit them with a pen sometimes to to use a variety of methods
      2 – I need paper copies for my writers group so they can mark and edit it as the story is being read
      3 – I like to have a paper copy incase something happens to my computer


  • Julie

    How fun to read the synopses for the stories you’ve written so far!! I’m especially intrigued by the one about the Jersey cow. So happy to have you on board the challenge! Here’s to the next 6!!

  • tinamcho

    I’m impressed how you have each of your manuscripts in a nice binder and labeled! I, too, think the fairy penguin idea is brilliant! Happy 12x12x12 to you!

  • Deb Lund

    I’m so tickled to see your site, and I feel like chatting with you about so many of the things i just learned! Education, SCBWI conference, your delightful sketches and painting… Let’s keep in touch!

    • jerseymo2010

      I am so glad to have today off at home with the kids to just reflect on all I learnt and all the wonderful people I met! It was a valuable long weekend of mingling and meeting with old and new friends. 🙂

  • Lynn A. Davidson

    I love all your story ideas, but January, April, May and June are the ones that stood out to me more than February and March. Maybe it’s how they are introduced. I’d love to read them all! I’m sure you will write more fabulous stories for the next six months of 12×12.

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