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Take a Leap Day This Month!

There’s a free day in February this year, and I’ll take it!

So what does it take for you to meet your writing goals this year? Being self-disciplined isn’t easy. But perhaps signing up for a group challenge can help by giving you some additional motivation.

A notice on one of my writers’ listservs announced the 4th Picture Book Marathon:
Picture Book Marathon 2012
Take the Leap!
“Your Goal: Between February 1 and February 29, 2012, write one picture book a day, until you get to 26. This year, February has 29 days (thus, Take the Leap!), so you get a bonus break day….”
Find more details on Lora Koehler and Jean Reagan’s blogspot at http://picturebookmarathon.blogspot.com/2012/01/pbm-2012-take-leap.html.

Another site encourages you to write a picture book every month with its “12 x 12 in 2012” challenge:
12 x 12 in 2012: Picture Book Writing Challenge
Twelve complete picture book drafts. Twelve months. 2012.
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write one picture book per month for each of the twelve months of 2012. This means a first draft: beginning, middle, end. NOT a submission-ready piece.”
You can read more at Julie Hedlund’s blogsite: http://writeupmylife.com/2011/11/30/12-x-12-in-2012-picture-book-writing-challenge/.

So what do you really get from signing your name to a group challenge? Quoting from Julie’s blogsite:
“…In the end, it doesn’t matter if you have 12, 4 or even 1 PB drafted if you’ve gotten more accomplished by being in the group than by going it alone. …the idea is that we support, encourage, and help each other throughout the year as we try to put flesh on the bones of those PB ideas. “

Also for those of you who write picture books and like the group challenge, watch Paula Yoo’s website for the NaPiBoWriWee—National Picture Book Writing Week. The date is the first week in May. Check out her website at http://paulayoo.com/home.html.

Don’t let that extra day this month go to waste! Find what it takes to get you motivated and energized to write great children’s literature. It might be that signing your name to a group challenge will work for you!
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