by Melissa Stoller
The year 2022 is filled with the number 2. So for my first Blogfish post of the year, I’m going to have some fun with this number. And hopefully, if you play along, you will find some inspiration as you set up your writing life for the next 12 months!
Pick 2 projects you want to work on this month. Perhaps you will pull them out of a forgotten file on your computer or in your drawer? Or maybe they are 2 new-ish projects. Spend time revising or fleshing them out. See where your creativity will take you.
Find 2 ideas that you think are worthwhile and commit to pursuing those story ideas in the next 2 weeks. Or, if you are stuck for a new idea, look out your window. Write down the first 2 things you see. Try to incorporate those things into a story. Or, find 2 images online and write stories about those 2 images. Or think of the titles of your 2 favorite songs or movies and pick 2 words from those titles to incorporate into a story title. The possibilities are endless.
Read 2 mentor texts in the next 2 weeks that will help you along your writing journey (or 2 per week, or more!) Or, pick 2 genres outside your normal genre and read 2 books in those areas. Experiment, play, and learn.
Read 2 writing-related blog posts and leave 2 comments. Interact with 2 writing friends online. Or watch 2 writing-related videos. Take notes using a #2 pencil :)
I hope you have fun with these mini-challenges. Cheers to writing in 2022!
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection - Return to Coney Island and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush; Ready, Set, GOrilla!; and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories. Planting Friendship: Peace, Salaam, Shalom (co-written with Callie Metler and Shirin Rahman, illustrated by Kate Talbot), released from Clear Fork Publishing in October, 2021. Building Bridges: Peace, Salaam, Shalom releases in 2022. Melissa is a Blogger and Course Assistant for the Children’s Book Academy, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a volunteer with SCBWI/MetroNY, and a founding member of The Book Meshuggenahs. She also interviews authors on her blog, This Writing Life, and offers book tips and resources. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. She lives in New York City with her family, and enjoys theatre, museums, and long beach walks. www.MelissaStoller.com
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with editor/art director, & CBA Director Mira Reisberg PhD who is handing her Mondays over to awesome former now tradtionally pubbed students to widen their audience.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.