Good luck! Share any tips or encouraging thoughts in the comments. We'll all be needing a little encouragement as we leap along.
Here's a quick reminder about what we're challenging ourselves to accomplish:
Your Goal: Between February 1 and February 29, 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.
The Basics: We define a picture book as (1) a story or narrative, (2) with a beginning, middle, and end, (3) for children, and (4) intended to be illustrated. They’re generally, though not always, published in a 32 page format. Given the speed of the marathon, your picture book DRAFTS (for that’s what they’ll be) will be very rough. What you hope to capture is the basic plot, characters, and emotion of each story.
Why Do It:
- Generate a lot of material in a short amount of time.
- Get your creative juices flowing by forcing yourself to write daily.
- Circumvent your internal naysayer - they either won’t have time to criticize, or they’ll be too tired.
- Practice a writing practice.