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 yearΒ I wrote about it again to mark a milestone: Halfway through the 12 x 12 writing challenge.Β 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 editing and rewriting the manuscripts until they are polished and ready to be submitted to the big wide world of publishing houses. During the journey I learnt many tips on writing:

  • On the very first page start with a strong sentence – let the reader know who the story is about, where they are, when the story is happening and what the problem may be
  • Try to show the story in the words you are using, rather than tell the obvious in story (something which the illustrator will do for you)
  • Make sure your character grows in the journey of trying to achieve their goal
  • Use fresh language that will be a pleasure to listen to
  • resolve your story with a satisfying end!

I’d like to ‘Thank’ Julie Hedlund for creating the writing challenge and if you have also completed the challenge, well done!

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28 thoughts on “12x12x12 Picture Book Writing Challenge Completed!

  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Ramona! Hasn’t 12×12 been great? Here’s to another year of writing and polishing and learning and sharing!

  2. I’d change your website banner to Author AND Artist, not OR artist. I especially liked the gloomy octopus! Nice to meet you through the 12×12 link list.

    1. Thanks Julie, it’s been great following your progress throughout the year too! Let’s keep going – to the moon and back!

  3. Great checklist for us to run our manuscripts through Ramona! Congratulations on getting your 12 drafts done. Reading these posts, I’m in awe of how many new stories have been written this year. I have no doubt you will continue your success into 2013, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

    1. Thank to you Julie, this has all been possible – a fabulous year full of great like minded people – it has been a brill journey!

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