We all get it… the Summer Blahs… the Child(ren) Overload… the It’s Too Nice Outside… or Hey, I’m On Vacation… or maybe I’m In A Rut, HELP! moods. So what is Summer Sparks? Why is it slap dab at the beginning of Summer?!?
I like to challenge myself during the year writing. I try to participate in several… Julie Hedlund’s 12×12, Alison Hertz’s Doodle Day, Meg Miller’s ReviMo, Paula Yoo’s NaPiBoWriWee, & Tara Lazars’s PiBoIdMo. Through all that, sometimes I will stall out, hit a wall, get stuck in a rut and cannot write during the Summer. You know what I’m talking about, PiBoIdMo ideas that haven’t panned out and here is 12×12 knocking at your door to get something down. What to write… what to wrtie… Ta-dah! SUMMER SPARKS!
The challenge is to create 14 picture book sparks in 14 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript, but fire it up if the spark catches. You don’t need potential best-seller ideas, just a spark.
Maybe come up with a character… Think of a clever title… How about a silly thing. Get something down to spark that noodle of yours to get the creative juices working. Sparks will scatter, some will catch, and before you know it you will be on FY-ARE!
Summer Sparks will supply you with daily blog posts by picture book authors to help the kindling. This will give you enough ideas to push you through and keep you writing the rest of the year.
Registering will begin June 1st.
Summer Sparks will run from June 21st (the first day of Summer) to July 4th (let the fireworks begin). After the event concludes, participants who completed the challenge are asked to take the Summer Sparks’s Pledge stating they ended the two week period with 14 or more ideas. This challenge is on the honor system, the participants do not have to post their ideas. In fact, I urge them not to!
Writers can register anytime on this post, comment on all give away posts, and complete the challenge will be eligible for prizes:
(If you’d like to donate a prize to SUMMER SPARKS, please contact me at tracey[at] traceymcox [dot] com.)
Summer Sparks 2015 Guest Bloggers
Donna L. Martin
Nancy Raines Day
Tracey M. Cox
Click HERE to go to the blog post to sign-up! To continue the picture book discussion, please join our Summer Sparks Facebook group. Connect with other participants and kidlit professionals, chat about the event and other writerly topics.
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2014 Guest Bloggers & their posts:
- Kelly Halls
In Celebration of Summer Magic
- Alison K. Hertz
The Power of Doodling
- Alayne Christian
Cause & Effect
- Corey Rosen Schwartz
How to be a Marketing Ninja
- Julie Gribble
A Visual Writing Prompt: Begin at the End
- Jodi Moore
The Final Word
- Susanna Hill
- Tara Lazar
Voice and Word Choice in Picture Books
- Tracey M. Cox
Can You Build It? Yes, You Can!
- Kirsti Call
Ways to Hook Your Reader with Your Very First Line
- Donna Earnhardt
Burning Down the House aka Revision
- Donna McDine
- Kris Dinnison
Writing Your Way to a Spark
- Carol Gordon Ekster
Hope In Your Heart
- Claire Murphy
What Songs Rock Your World?