In January I did something that makes me feel nervous and excited at the same time. I joined the 12 by 12 picture book challenge. And now I will immerse myself in writing all year long.
Although I’m very new to the world of writing, I believe in myself as a capable creator of children’s literature and I want to be part of that world. For this challenge, I must write 12 picture books drafts in 2017. One draft each month. Revising a draft also counts. I may need a little stronger tea in my mug this year to help me out with this 🙂
Joining the 12 by 12 community gives the opportunity to get feedback from other writers in an online format. This is so valuable as writing is all about getting feedback and doing revisions. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head and hope to get them all down on paper into a solid draft form.
The challenge is open to new picture book writers and more seasoned writers as well. There are lots of SCBWI members (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). So far I find it to be a very welcoming and supportive online community.
Now it is March and I am right on track with my writing. The 12 by 12 challenge continues!