Happy Thursday, everyone!
Okay, for those of you who have attended a SCBWI MD/DE/WV conference before, and for those who have noticed that our 20th Anniversary Conference and Celebration is almost … yikes! … eight weeks away, you know what time it is, right?
IT’S CONFERENCE CHALLENGE TIME, BABY!
So who’s excited about this year’s round of challenges?
Okay, seriously? Is that crickets I hear chirping?
Oh, come on. They’re not that bad, are they? And I don’t know about you, but I enjoy conferences more when I go with that sense of accomplishment you get from tapping into your creative side, either by working on a rough draft, editing a manuscript, or doing writing exercises. If you feel the same way, then please join Susan and me for our next Eight Week Writing & Illustrating Challenge that will end before the March 23rd 20th Anniversary Conference and Celebration!
(For those who are following along with my 52-week exercise blast, this will be combined with the conference challenge.)
First, the rules.
Once a week, we’re going to post a challenge for both writers and illustrators. Some will be silly. Some will be hard. Some will make you curse our names out loud. But all will (hopefully) take no more than thirty minutes to complete and maybe even help improve your writing, give you inspiration or push you out of your comfort zone.
Those who complete the challenges (either writing or illustrating) will get entries for a super awesome delectably stuffed goodie basket full of writing supplies and signed books, including a Beauty Shop for Rent hardback by me! The winning ticket will be pulled at the March 23rd conference.
- Completing FOUR of the EIGHT challenges will earn ONE entry.
- Completing SIX of the EIGHT challenges will earn TWO entries.
- Completing EIGHT of the EIGHT challenges will earn THREE entries, woo-HOO!
Okay, any questions? Yes, sir, you in the back.
Uh, yeah, do I have to submit my work because I’m kind of shy.
No, shy person, because we love and trust you, we’re doing this strictly by the honor system. You don’t have to submit your work unless you’d like to share with the class. It’s completely up to you. You are required, however, to leave a comment in the challenge post saying you have completed the task for the entry to count.
What if I’m too busy this week? Can I do two next week?
All that matters to us is that you do them honestly and completely. If that means playing catch-up, it’s fine with us! But you still must leave a comment in the original challenge post. (Links will be provided in each challenge.)
When you say “super awesome delectably stuffed goodie basket” just how delectable it is?
Very delectable. And very worth your time, so let’s get started!
Writing Exercise #6 /Conference Challenge #1:
For those of us who are John Harbaugh fans, this week is feeling like a fairy tale, with the Ravens going to the Super Bowl and playing against Jim Harbaugh! For those who are not fans, don’t worry, this exercise won’t be about football or coaching brothers or any kind of sports.
It will be about fairy tales, though … and going beyond the happy ending.
Since it’s the first week, I thought we’d have some fun by doing an exercise we did at my ABC Event last October that was a total blast! First, pick a fairy tale – any fairy tale – one that has an endearing, romantic ending where two characters fall hopelessly in love and live happily ever after.
*Sigh.* Sweet, huh?
Now break them up.
Yes, your assignment is to write a “Dear John” letter from one character to the other, explaining why they can no longer be together and what has caused them to fall out of love. Then, write a scene with the abandoned, deserted character reading his/her “Dear John” letter and show us the answer this question:
What do they do next?
Illustrating Exercise #6 / Challenge #1:
Draw two distinctly different characters, the one who writes the letter and the one who reads it.
Good luck and happy writing and drawing!