Sunday, December 30, 2018

Day Six - 1st Annual 12 Days of Christmas White Christmas Challenge


            Now that it’s nearing the close of 2018, you’re probably wondering how to give your writing a fresh start or a jump start. Do it -- you certainly deserve another chance and most importantly, don’t forget, so do your characters!

            Perhaps your character(s) dwindled away as a result of a tired plot, missing conflict, or over-zealous sidekicks.  If so, it’s time to breathe life into these poor souls.

            Choose the most favored of your nearly-departed characters and give them a fresh plot. You can begin by writing a picture book draft of up to 700 words, with your character doing any one or more of the following:

Image result for dear santasaurus1.                  Wanting to make a friend.
2.                  Losing or gaining a beloved object.
3.                  Wanting to win a prize.
4.                  Gaining or losing a magical power.
5.                  Moving to a new home or school or country or galaxy.
6.                  Becoming or not wanting to be a ______________________.
7.                  Losing or getting a parent, sibling or friend.
8.                  Learning to share.
9.                  Becoming someone else for the day.
10.              Learning to say “I’m sorry.”   
11.              Organizing something challenging.
12.              Doing something you would least expect him/her to do.  
13.              Wanting a pet.
14.              Doing a job or chore.
15.              Learning to get along with others.

Whatever you chose, challenge your character’s staying power and remain true to

his/her/its personality.  You will find out things about your character that you hadn’t considered or known—and that may be all your character needs for a fresh start and a happy new year! 


Write a picture book story using as many words from this list as possible. Give yourself bonus points for using all of them. If this practice becomes a project, feel free to discard any words that don't serve your story. They will have done their job by inspiring something new! 

Image result for dear frank by donna earnhardt


Word weaving exercise inspired by words from DEAR SANTASAURUS, written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Jef Kaminsky, Boyds Mills Press, 2019 and BEING FRANK, written by Donna Earnhardt and illustrated by Andrea Castellani (Flashlight Press, 2012). Please check out these books! 


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Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at 

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  1. Hi Marie,
    I'm starting late to the challenge but just spent 2 days going through all 6 challenge days. Thanks so much for your creative refreshers.

    1. Always glad to have you here, @Pam Jones-Nill, late or on-time, it's all good! Thanks for stopping by. Just keep writing, just keep writing!

  2. Great ideas to follow. Thanks, Lynne Marie.

    1. Thanks @Martiza M. Mejia. So glad to have you following and creating :)