I hope everyone ate their Wheaties this morning because it’s time for the Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge Week #2!!!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost or a little encouragement to get writing. . . or maybe just a little fun during this bizarre stay-at-home spring!
You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies!)
For a full description of the challenge or to enter your Week #1 entry, please go HERE
Let’s jump into Week #2!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #2 for Week of May 18:
Last week we played with characters, setting, and emotion, or a combination, depending on where your eenie meenie miney moe-ing landed you. 😊 This week we’re going to play with Point of View!
Eenie meenie miney moe, choose a Nursery Rhyme below. . . and rewrite its story (for kids) in 100 words from the point of view of someone or something else mentioned in (or conceivably associated with) the rhyme. For example, if you choose Humpty Dumpty from the list, you can write the story of that famous tumbling egg incident from the point of view of the wall, or one of the king’s horses, or one of the king’s men, or a tree hanging over the wall watching the drama unfold, or the grass underneath that got landed on, or the chicken that laid Humpty Dumpty to begin with, or anything else you dream up! Post your story in the comment section below to get your Week #2 entry in!
- Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
- You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is a guideline
- If you’re deeply inspired by another Nursery Rhyme that is not on the list below you can use that instead – as long as you rewrite a nursery rhyme from a different point of view from the original – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing!
- For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please say which rhyme and what point of view you’re using at the top of your entry along with your word count.
Choose a rhyme: (rhymes included for your convenience in remembering the words 😊)
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock.
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two
The mouse went “boo!”
Hickory dickory dock.
Three… the mouse went weeee
Four…The mouse went “no more!”
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky, twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Jack And Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
He went to bed to mend his head,
With vinegar and brown paper
There Was A Crooked Man
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
and they all lived together in a little crooked house.
Here’s a little sample 😊
Week #2: Humpty Dumpty, POV of lawn beneath the wall (199 words)
Rock Til You Drop
Okay, so technically? It might be that Humpty Dumpty didn’t exactly fall off that wall.
It was the night of the Rock ‘Til You Drop Dance Contest, and that egg head was taunting me.
“I’m going to win!” he boasted. “You can’t rock and you can’t roll!”
He showed off his moves, rocking and rolling on his round behind.
I was green with envy. But I wouldn’t let him mow me down.
“I may be lawn,” I shouted back, “but I can sway to the beat better than you!”
I showed off my moves. Swish! Swoosh!
Then I laid it down. “Besides, I’m taller than you. No one will even see you!”
I watched him boil. He knew I was right.
“Unless. . .” I said slyly, “you get up on that wall. . .”
Humpty enlisted one of the king’s horses to help him up. He teetered on top. “Just watch me shake my booty!” he gloated.
The beat boomed.
“Shake-shake-shake!” I dared him.
But the wall was narrow.
Too narrow for that big-bottomed-boy!
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
I had egg on my face, but it was worth it!
So come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!
Ready, set, WRITE! 😊
(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)
Check out the Week #2 stories!
The Water’s Tale – Jess Murray (Jack & Jill, water’s POV)
The Moon Above The World So High – Candice Marley Conner (Twinkle Twinkle, moon’s POV)
I Am Not Afraid – Genevieve Petrillo (Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Miss Muffet’s POV)
Jack And Jill Continued… – Colleen Owen Murphy (Jack & Jill, Jill’s POV)
No Running In My House! – Elizabeth Meyer Zu Heringdorf (Hickory Dickory, clock’s POV)
Twinkle Twinkle Neon Light – Corine Timmer (Twinkle Twinkle, star POV)
Little Miss Muffet – Susan Inez (Little Miss Muffet)
Children, Children – Rose Cappelli (Twinkle Twinkle, star POV)
Star’s Reply – Sue Lancaster (Twinkle Twinkle, star POV)
Not Again! – Dot Anson (Hey Diddle Diddle, moon’s POV)
The Clock Snaps – Sara Ackerman (Hickory Dickory, clock’s POV)
Cutie Lamb – Jamie Bechtelheimer (Mary Had A Little Lamb, lamb’s POV)
A Little Crooked Smile – Brittany Pomales (There Was A Crooked Man, house’s POV)
Twinkle Twinkle, Little Bear – Brenda Whitehead (Twinkle Twinkle, star POV)
Who’s To Blame? – Sue Lancaster (Jack & Jill, multiple POVs)
Teacher Had A Long School Day – Amy Flynn (Mary Had A Little Lamb, teacher’s POV)
The Clock – Linda Schueler (Hickory Dickory, clock’s POV)
There Was A Crooked Man – Barbara Renner (There Was A Crooked Man, cat’s POV)
Baa Baa Black Sheep – Shariffa Keshavjee (Baa Baa Black Sheep)
The Wall And The Fall – Michelle S. Kennedy (Humpty Dumpty, wall’s POV)
Look! A Crook! – Jill Lambert (There Was A Crooked Man, stile’s POV)
Hickory Dickory Dock – Susan Schipper (Hickory Dickory, mouse during quarantine POV)
Jack Sprat – Leslie Denkers (Jack Sprat, dog’s POV)
Humpty Dumpty – Anne Cavanaugh Sawan (Humpty Dumpty, mother’s POV)
Lenny The Lamb – Ashley Congdon (Mary Had A Little Lamb, lamb’s POV)
Hickory Dickory Dock – Kristy Nuttall (Hickory Dickory, clock’s POV)
Jack Is Still At It – Boyll(Jack Be Nimble, narrator’s POV)
Vinegar’s View – Deb Sullivan (Jack And Jill, vinegar’s POV)
Pail’s Tale – Patricia Nozell (Jack And Jill, pail’s POV)
Jack And Jill (And Jen) Go Up The Hill Again – Sarah Meade (Jack And Jill, big sister’s POV)
That Icky Spider – Linda Staszak (Itsy Bitsy Spider, house’s POV)
Do You See Me – Michelle S. Kennedy (Twinkle Twinkle, star’s POV)
Trying Something New – Dawn Young (Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Raindrops – Shariffa Keshavjee (Raindrops)
The Unbreakable – Jarmila (Humpty Dumpty, king’s horse POV)
Old King Cole: A Limerick – Marty (Old King Cole, fiddler’s POV)
Yes, You Can – Rebecca Gardyn Levington (Twinkle Twinkle, star’s POV)
Hickory Dickory Dock – Matthew Lasley (Hickory Dickory, cat’s POV)
Operation: Find Little Bo Peep – Di Litwer (Little Bo Peep, sheep detective’s POV)
Baa Baa Black Sheep – Susan Krevat (Baa Baa Black Sheep, little boy down the lane’s POV)
Hickory Dickory Dock – Everard Anson (Hickory Dickory, clock’s POV)
There Was A Crooked Man – Liz Kehrli (There Was A Crooked Man, crow’s POV)
Hey Diddle Diddle – Beverly Baird (Hey Diddle Diddle, moon’s POV)
Our Friend Humpty – Mia Geiger (Humpty Dumpty)
Miss Mary Mack – Mary Van Beuren (Miss Mary Mack, elephant’s POV)
Spout Off – Deb Buschman (Itsy Bitsy Spider, water spout’s POV)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Bear – Lori Himmel (Twinkle Twinkle, Little Bear (ursa minor)’s POV)
Jack & Jill – Ketan Ram (Jack & Jill, hill’s POV)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Ketan Ram (Twinkle Twinkle, moon’s POV)
Cock-a-doodle Doo, My Dame Has Lost Her Shoe – Ketan & Ravi Ram (Cock-a-doodle Doo, fiddle bow’s POV)
Little Bo Peep – Tracy (Little Bo Peep)
Jack And Jill – Kay DiVerde (Jack & Jill, Jill’s POV)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Firefly – Lily Erlic (Twinkle Twinkle, firefly’s POV)
Sing A Song of Sixpence – Penny Adler (Sing A Song O’ Sixpence, king’s POV)
Untitled – Alicia Meyers Kelly (Hickory Dickory Dock)
Untitled – Katie Schwartz (There Was A Crooked Man, house’s POV)
Untitled – Ugo Anidi (Jack and Jill, hill’s POV)
Untitled – Lauri Meyers
PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!
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! 😊
Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazone, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
For Spacious Skies by Nancy Churnin, award-winning author of so many fabulous books I don’t have space to list them all! Visit her website or Amazon Page!
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Kirstine Erekson Call, author of THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN’T FALL (Character Publishing 2013) and the forthcoming MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee Books, September 2020), COW SAYS MEOW (HMH March 2021), and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown Spring 2021)
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Ellen Leventhal, author of DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS (Spork 2017), HAYFEST: A Holiday Quest (ABCs Press 2010), and LOLA CAN’T LEAP (Spork 2018)
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Lindsay Hanson Metcalf, author of BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST (September 2020), FARMERS UNITE!: PLANTING A PROTEST FOR FAIR PRICES (Calkins Creek November 2020), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Picture Book Manuscript Critique (non rhyming) from Kaye Baillie, author of BOO LOVES BOOKS (New Frontier Publishing October 2020), and MESSAGE IN A SOCK (Midnight Sun Publishing 2018)
Your choice of EITHER a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a Virtual Visit with Keila Dawson, author of THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican 2015), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Winner’s Choice of Webinar from the amazing Alayne Kay Christian, author of picture books Butterfly Kisses, An Old Man And His Penguin, and the forthcoming The Weed That Woke Christmas and the chapter book series of Sienna The Cowgirl Fairy, and editor at Blue Whale Press! Webinar choices include: How A Picture Book Is Made, Perfecting Your Critique, Top Ten Reasons For Rejection, and How To Write Powerful First Pages Like A Pro!
15 Minute Video Chat – ask your questions about writing, research, submissions – whatever’s on your mind! – with Christy Mihaly, author of DIET FOR A CHANGING PLANET: Food for Thought(Twenty-first Century Books/Lerner 2018), HEY, HEY, HAY!
A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them (Holiday House 2018) , and FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means (Albert Whitman March 2020)
Quick Impressions on your Picture Book Manuscript from Rosie Pova, author of IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU (Spork 2017), SARAH’S SONG (Spork 2017), the forthcoming SUNDAY RAIN (Lantana Publishing March 2021) and others.
RONAN THE LIBRARIAN, (Roaring Brook Press April 2020) brand new fromfabulous author Tara Luebbe
Your Choice of EITHER A Picture Book Manuscript Critique (fiction, non-rhyming) or an Ask Anything 15 Minute Video or Phone Chat with Tara Luebbe, author of SHARK NATE-O,(Little Bee Books 2018), I AM FAMOUS ( Albert Whitman 2018), I USED TO BE FAMOUS (Albert Whitman 2019), OPERATION PHOTOBOMB (Albert Whitman 2019), and RONAN THE LIBRARIAN (Roaring Brook Press 2020) (see above)
Sherry Howard, author of Rock And Roll Woods (Spork 2018) and a series of Nonfiction Middle Grade titles for Escape Publishing (2019)
is offering 6 of her nonfiction middle grade titles which will go to 6 lucky winners!
Ann Whitford Paul, author of Writing Picture Books (being donated by Becky Scharnhorst below), the book we ALL use as our picture book bible 😊, and countless wonderful picture books, is offering signed copies of her IF ANIMALS… Series (Farrar Straus Giroux):
If Animals Went To School (2019) If Animals Kissed Good Night (2008)
If Animals Said I Love You (2017) If Animals Celebrated Christmas (2018)
If you would like to benefit from her picture book wisdom, please sign up for her newsletter HERE!
A hand lettered quote of someone’s choice from a picture book, or a quote about reading or writing that could be framed as a gift for a child’s bedroom, a writer you know and love, or an inspiration for writing in your own work space (why shouldn’t you give yourself a present?!) offered by Kristy Roser Nuttall! (Samples below – you can choose your own quote!)
Making Picture Book Magic – Self Study Class any month (x3)
Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul, donated by Becky Scharnhorst whose debut picture book P.S. Camp Wildwood Stinks will be released in Summer 2021 from Philomel!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert donated by Becky Scharnhorst whose debut picture book P.S. Camp Wildwood Stinks will be released in Summer 2021 from Philomel!
The Nuts & Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman (only available for Kindle) (x2)
Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness
The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty
This Book Is Gray by Lindsay Ward
Writing Journal (x10)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman