Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Okay, folks, there’s only eight weeks until our Creating Sparks: Kindle the Fire of Imagination conference, so you know what that means. It’s time once again for our . . .
Eight-Week Conference Challenge Series!
And yes, maybe we are insane by doing May Mid-Grade Madness next week as well as this, but we’re writers! Writers are supposed to be insane! Being insane is fun! Besides, we have to do something with all those crazy voices in our head.
And the person who wins this year’s raffle basket is going to be very happy when they see what’s inside. We’ve already scored a copy of Knuckle & Potty Goes to Happy World AND Jeri Smith-Ready is donating three paperback books from her SHINE series, which Publisher’s Weekly said in their starred review is a “… a fully satisfying read, with well-developed, believable characters. Smith-Ready changes the world completely by simply changing our ability to see.”
That’s just the beginning . . . more goodies will be added, so let’s get right to it by first reviewing the challenge rules!
THE OFFICIAL RULES
Those who complete the challenges will get raffle entries for a super awesome delectably stuffed goodie basket and the winning ticket will be pulled at the July conference on Saturday.
– 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!
Once again, we’re doing this strictly by the honor system so you don’t have to submit your work unless you’d like to share with the class. (We love sharers!) You are required, however, to leave a comment in the challenge post saying you have completed the task for the entry to count.
Each participant will also have to tell us whether they are attending the conference on only Saturday or Sunday or both days. If the winner at Saturday’s drawing is not present because they’re a Sunday only attendee, they will receive their prize on Sunday. If they are a no-show on Sunday, then a new winner will be selected.
If you miss a week, you will be allowed to make it up. All that matters to us is that you do them honestly and completely, but you still must leave a comment in the original challenge post. (Links will be provided in each challenge.)
If you are a writer and illustrator and complete all eight writing and drawing entries, you will receive six entries. (For you non-drawing writers like me, stick figures do not count!)
Don’t forget that all May Mid-Grade Madness participants who complete their challenge will also receive four entries!
And now that the official ho-ha’s have been addressed, let’s get going!
Our first challenge is being provided by the lovely Bobbie Pyron, author of A Dog’s Way Home and The Ring, a Booklist finalist for the Utah Book Award and what Publisher’s Weekly said is “Well written . . . Mardie’s character will hook readers.”
At the conference, Bobbie will be giving a presentation called, My Life as a Dog: A Year of Magical Thinking, and will discuss how she managed to slip into the skin of a dog to create Tam’s chapters in her book, A Dog’s Way Home. Learn about the need to embrace the magic of writing and creating, especially when writing the first draft.
Take it away, Bobbie!
CONFERENCE WRITING CHALLENGE #1: Voice or Point of View?
Which comes first: voice or point of view? They are both intimately tied. Here’s a little exercise to help you play with both! Take each of the traditional fairy tales below and write a 500 word or less re-telling of the story from a completely different POV. I’ve suggested some possible substitutes for the traditional viewpoint, but feel free to come up with your own:
• The Princess and the Pea: tell the story from the POV of the pea, the Queen, a mattress.
• Cinderella: how would the glass slipper tell this story? One of the “ugly” step sisters?
• Little Red Riding Hood: tell the story from the basket’s POV! Or how about the grandmother? Or the lumberjack who comes to the rescue?
Get your timer read and set it for 30 minutes. Ready, set, write!
And now for our . . .
CONFERENCE ILLUSTRATING CHALLENGE #1:
Since our writers are writing from different points of view, why don’t you sketch out the cover for their twisted fairy tales? Or sketch out a character drawing of the main character.
And don’t forget, everyone, to register for the conference as soon as possible. Spots are filling up at record speed so you don’t want to miss it! And you know how I feel about critiques. The sooner you submit them, the better!
Happy writing and drawing, everyone, and good luck to all our challenge participants! 🙂
Here’s links to all the challenges: