It being November, some SCBWI Canada East members might be drafting a children’s or teen novel this month. We hope to do a Round-Up of member experiences on this topic in the weeks to come, and perhaps a guest post or a series of inspirational quotes—it all depends on member participation in the blog. So…
If you are an SCBWI member who's participating in NaNoWriMo this year, if you've participated in the past, or if you just have something to say about writing challenges of any sort, consider one of the following ways to contribute to this blog:
- Write a guest post about your writing-challenge experience or your thoughts about daily word counts, writers’ block, procrastination, writing with or without a plan, or another topic of relevance to the fast-draft craze. (Up to 800 words, welcome anytime in November.)
- Write a briefer blurb on your experience or thoughts, or the goal you’ve set yourself this month and how it’s going. We’ll compile these into a round-up or two. (Up to 200 words. Submit early in November if it’s announcing your goal; submit later in November if it’s about this year’s experience; submit anytime for general thoughts.)
- Send us your favourite inspirational quote(s) or inspiring line(s) from a children’s book to encourage your fellow creators with their daily struggle this month. Submit anytime in November, the sooner the better. Please identify the source of the quote (who said it and ideally when/where). Feel free to write an inspirational line yourself or share a practice that keeps you motivated.
- Send us an illustration about discipline, meeting goals, facing challenges, persevering, or something that dramatizes your suggested inspirational quote. Submit anytime in November, the sooner the better. Please suggest a caption/credit.
Feel free to write your piece in any format: a poem, a graphic narrative, a top-ten list, an essay, an interview, a fictionalized scene, a humourous anecdote, or an honest opinion are all welcome—so long as what you have to say is relevant to writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature.
In all cases, provide a one-line bio with one link to your online presence. Accompanying images (of the subject, not of you) with caption/credit are welcome, so long as they don’t infringe copyright.
Send your piece to The Blog Team at: SCBWICanadaEastBlog@yahoo.com. (It's not as attractive as Inktober, we know, but November can be a fun month, too.)