Good morning, my little chickens!
Are things feeling a wee bit humdrum?
Is daily routine getting you down?
Does this look familiar?
Just as I suspected!
It seems we’ve all got a case of the I Haven’t Gone Anywhere Done Anything Seen Anyone For A Year So What The Heck Can I Write About Blues!
But don’t worry.
I can fix that! 😊
All that’s required is a little tomfoolery! A few high jinx and shenanigans to knock the K off of FUNK and get us back to good old F-U-N!
Who’s with me?
Give me a woo!
Give me a hoo!
What does that spell?
Well. . . technically it doesn’t actually spell anything, since neither woo nor hoo is a letter, but one way or another it comes out
Now! Let’s have some fun!
And fun in this instance is. . .
another round of the ever-popular, practically world famous
(Not a contest exactly… no room in the blog calendar, no time for judging, no gigantic prizes on offer…but still (hopefully!) tons of fun!)
Here’s how it works:
Starting today, each Monday until June 21st (which makes 7 Mondays total and will get us to the end of the school term) I will post a Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt for a 100 word story. Post your story in the comment section for that week’s challenge (or if you have trouble posting it, email it to me and I’ll post it for you.) At the end of the 7 weeks, everyone who has posted one story for each week’s prompt will
A) have 7 brand new stories to play with! (Who knows? Your next picture book or even chapter book or longer might be sparked by something you write for the Challenge!)
B) be able to take credit for entertaining lots of fellow writers and their kids (not to mention you’ll entertain yourself and your own kids!)
C) qualify to win a prize from the Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Mystery Bag of Marvelous Prizes for Writers! (Last year we managed to scare up enough prizes that all of the approximately 40 people who completed the challenge got something, but we’ll have to see how the available prizes stack up this year – if there aren’t enough for everyone who completes the challenge we’ll have to randomly draw winners until we run out of prizes, but you will still win A and B above!)
You can compete with yourself to see if you can write all 7 stories! You can compete with your writing friends to see if you can write more than they do! And if you want to get really competitive, you can all read the stories that are posted and “like” the ones you think are best and see who gets the most “likes” 😊 (If you do that there might be some special prizes…who can tell??? 😊)
When the going get’s humdrum, children’s writers beat the blues by playing writing games and creating new stories to keep themselves and everyone around them entertained!
So here we go!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #1 for Week of May 10:
Choose a character from Column A and something the character needs from Column B and write a 100 word story for children entitled _____Column A_____ Needs A _____Column B_____ If you wish, you may also select a random item from Column C to include in your story.
For example: Hermit Crab Needs A Home. (And perhaps you’d include a harmonica somewhere in the story.)
Or, if something in Column C strikes your fancy you can use that as the thing your character needs, e.g. Hummingbird Needs Help.
Get the idea?
Here are the options:
|Column A – Character||Column B – Something Needed||Column C – random item|
|Hedgehog||Home||Hockey Stick (or Hockey Puck)|
|Hammerhead||Hug||Horse (or Sea Horse)|
|Henry or Hilary||Hat||Helicopter|
If a central idea would be helpful to you in your writing, you can focus your story on Mother’s Day, since that is fresh in all our minds this morning 😊, but that is NOT required.
In an attempt to answer possible questions I will say:
- you can write as many stories as you want each week
- you can post them at any time during the week (just make sure they’re on the Monday Mix ‘n’ Match Mini post for the week you’re entering – e.g. below for Week #1))
- you can play catch up (so if you miss a week you can go back and add to an earlier week if you’re trying to complete the challenge and qualify for prizes as long as all entries are posted on the correct week and are posted no later than Saturday June 26th at midnight Eastern time.)
- no illustration notes
- You may go over the word count if you’re on a roll and you wish to (because there is no judging 😊)
- You may write in poetry or prose
(This is where the sample I intended to write belongs, but since I haven’t had time to write it yet I’ll have to add it in!)
And here’s a little sampling of the prizes up for grabs to whet your competitive spirit 😊 MORE TO COME!
When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who completed the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊
⭐️ Picture Book Critique from Penny Parker Klostermann, the lovely and talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017)
⭐️ 30 Minute Q&A with Penny Klostermann
⭐️ Picture Book MS Critique from Jen Raudenbush, agented writer of picture books, middle grade, and poetry. (Represented by Natascha Morris of The Tobias Literary Agency)
⭐️ 30 minute Zoom chat about anything industry related (manuscript, query letter, best practices for querying) with Becky Scharnhorst, amazing author of MY SCHOOL STINKS (Philomel Books, July 6, 2021)
⭐️ A copy of Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Writers, donated by Nicole Loos Miller
⭐️ Making Picture Book Magic Self Study Class (any month)
⭐️ Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness
Check out the Week 1 Stories!
Henry Needs A Holiday – Joyce Uglow
Hank Needs A Hug – Jen Subra
Hare Needs (To Take) A Hint – Candice Marley Conner
Hummingbird Needs A Holiday – Laura Bower
Hummingbird Needs A Hug – Ann Gray
Humphrey Hummingbird Needs A (New) Hobby – Clearywriter
Hedgehog Needs A Hobby – Erika
Hare Needs A Hug – Brenda Whitehead
Henry Hare Needs A Hat – Marty Bellis
Henry Needs A Hug – Isabel Cruz Rodriguez
Hermit Crab Needs A Home – Grinny Butler
Henry Hedgehog – Michelle S. Kennedy
Henrietta’s New Home – Rose Cappelli
Hilary Needs A Hug – Sarah Meade
Hermy The Hermit Crab’s New Home – Susan E. Schipper
Helicopter Hummingbird – Linda Schueler
Untitled – Marta Magellan
Hilary The Hummingbird – Julie Kurtz
A Holiday For Mrs. Hare – Judy Sobanski
Alphonso’s Real Estate: Fashionable Homes For Hermit Crabs – Nicole Loos Miller
Hyena’s Hiccups – Marla Yablon
Hermit Crab Needs A Holiday – Carrines Clifton
Henry Hummingbird Needs A Home – Jennifer Reichow
Henry’s Discovery – Dawn Young
Henry Needs Some Luck – Allison Strick
Henry Needs A Holiday Hero – Ashley Sierra
Hoglet Hurry Home – Sally Yorke-Viney
A Hat For Hammerhead – Ashley B. Pedigo
Hallie Hummingbird Needs A Holiday – Christine Alemshah
Hudson Hammerhead Needs A Hug – Jeannette Suhr
Henry Needs A Hobby – Sue Lancaster
Hare And His Harmonica – Lyn Jekowsky
Horst Needs A Hug – Elizabeth Meyer Zu Heringdorf
Hummingbird Needs A Holiday – Sara Kruger
Hammerhead Needs A Hockey Stick – Les Degnan
Henry Needs A Hint – Deb Sullivan
Hare Needs A Hobby – Marta Cutler
Hare Needs A Holiday – Aly Kenna
Hilary Needs A Hint – Mia Geiger
Henry Needs A Hint – Elenore Byrne
Hare Style – Hannah Roy LaGrone
Hillary Hare Needs A Holiday – Barbara Farr Renner
Hammerhead Needs A Holiday – Dianne Irving
Hilary Needs A Harmonica – MWREX
Henry Needs A Hug – Val McCammon
Harry Hammerhead Has A Hard Day – Susan Summers
A Horse For Hermit Crab – Jill Lambert
A Home For Hedgehog – Elizabeth Volkmann
Hare Needs A Home – Jessica Murray
Hammerhead Needs Help – Katie Schwartz
Untitled – Lauri Meyers
Hedgehog Needs A Hat – Candace
Hedgehog Needs A Home – Summer Hinderer
Spiny The Hedgehog – Eva Kaman
Hopping Lonely – Jamie Bills
Henry Needs A Hint – Lauren Scott
Hare Needs A Hat – Jana Mattern
Hilary’s Holiday – Bevin Rolfs Spencer
Henry Hare’s New Hobby – Bru Benson
Hedgehog Hugs – Marty Findley
Hermit Crab Needs A Hat – Lynn Katz
Henry Hammerhead Needed A Hug – Padgy Soltis
Hedgehog Hates Hugs – TL Fales
Hammerhead Needs A Hat – Amy Leskowski
Mama Hedgehog’s Mother’s Day Holiday – Robin Currie
Henry Needs A Hero – Colleen Owen Murphy
Hugo Hammerhead Needs A Hat – Deb Buschman
Henry Hedgehog Needs A Home – Elizabeth Muster