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The Picture Book Drafting Challenge


If you are a writer of picture books, established or emerging, and you would like to write regularly to help you refine your writing or to have more stories to pitch to an agent or publisher, then this is the challenge for you.

I have decided to give myself a year long challenge, starting from January, to draft one picture book per month. How far you go with that draft is up to you. For me, the goal is to have a polished draft completed by the end of the month to put aside and let it cook. 

At the end of the year I am hoping to have twelve picture books drafted. That's twelve stories. I believe that from these stories there will be one or two, maybe more, that will be just perfect to refine, polish and submit to an agent and/or publisher.

Ray Bradbury says that if you write a short story every week, it's not possible to write 52 bad stories. Well I believe, that if you draft a picture book each month, then it's not possible to have 12 bad ideas or stories.

If you would like to join the challenge, all you need to do is share your achievements on Twitter, Facebook or instagram and use #mypicturebookchallenge. 

Even though the goal is twelve drafts during the year, any drafts written is a success. Even if you only write six, or three or just one during the year, that's more than you would've written if you hadn't participated in the challenge. It's a win-win all round.

Each month, starting in January, I will write a blog post and invite you to respond. Look out for it. I will add a link to each month on this page.

I hope you all have fun with the challenge and happy writing,

Giselle Rose

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