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Story Starter/Graphic. My version of NaNoWrMo.

Posted on: November 2, 2009

Many of  the MG and YA authors I know are talking about participating in  NaNoWrMo and how they are getting their word counts accomplished. I kind of felt a little left-out.

As a picture book writer, I don’t have that many words to work with, so like Tara Lazar and others, this is my way of joining in on the fun. One starter a day until the end of November is what I will attempt to do.

*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already  in the works.

The three words that I selected to base my story on are Curly, Bike and Pathway. My contribution is:

cowgirl_horseLady flicked her curly ears as she galloped down the pathway after CC’s bike.  There was no way she was staying home. Not if CC was going fishing.  Fishing was way too much fun. . . splashing around in all that water.  Watching the fish scurry out of the way of her hooves. Listening to CC’s excited screams.

Maybe that was why CC took her bike.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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