Picture Book Challenge

Hello fellow Creatives! This is a ten-week challenge based loosely on the 12x12 Challenge. For an awesome, more balanced, more supported platform go there.

For a quicker, looser, self-motivated experience, read on.

Borrowing from Kicking Corner’s tradition of 300 Thursdays, where I post poetry and short stories 300 words or less, this is a challenge to write one children’s picture book per week over the next ten weeks.

I’m not talking manuscripts that are polished, perfected, ready to start subbing agents and publishers. These will be first drafts, ideas in the making.

At the end of ten weeks, you’ll have a handful of stories that stand out of the ten. Those will be the ones you put your heart into further drafting.

While I recognize there are gazillions of rules for formatting/structure based on age, genre, style, etc. in the publishing world, we’re going to keep it simple here:

1. Word count: 300-500 words. Seriously. Don’t go over.

2. Write only what the illustrator can’t illustrate. Allow room for their art (or yours if you’re illustrating your own stories) to bloom too.

3. Be kid friendly. More on that in Week 1

That’s it. Totally doable, right? Surely we text 300+ words every day to our friends and family. This post is 300 words. This is doable.

I promise. If you dream of writing and/or illustrating children’s picture books, you can do this.

Every week, for the next 10 weeks, I’ll post prompts, writer/artist resources, things I’ve learned and am still learning through my own process. If you have more thoughts and resources, I’d love you to post them in the comments or contact me. I heart hearing from you.

And here we go.

Week 1--Week of Wonder

Week 2--Week of Why

Week 3--Week of Legends (June 17, 2021)

Week 4--Week of Me (June 24, 2021)

Week 5--Week of Characters (July 1, 2021)

Week 6--Week of Plots (July 8, 2021)

Week 7--Week of Environments and Props (July 15, 2021)

Week 8--Week of Format (July 22, 2021)

Week 9--Week of Dummies (July 29, 2021)

Week 10--Week of What Now? (August 5, 2021)

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