Challenges Can Be Good by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Here’s a little article I wrote as a Picture Book Idea Month (now STORYSTORM) success story.

Challenges Can Be Good

I don’t like NaNoWriMo. There. I said it. National Novel Writing Month is not for me. It did, however, lead me to the perfect challenges.

Discouraged after failing NaNoWriMo—miserably—twice, I came to the realization that the stress of cranking out 50,000 words during one of the busiest months of the year sours me on writing. It’s as torturous as dragging sandpaper across your sunburned belly.

In October 2010, many of my writing friends were brainstorming over their upcoming NaNoWriMo projects. Feeling left out, I decided to explore other options. That’s how I stumbled upon Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). Creating 30 picture book ideas over the 30 days of November seemed daunting, but I gave it a shot and I made it. Now, what was I going to do with those 30 ideas?

Thankfully, there is National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee), an annual event the first week of May where you endeavor to write 7 picture books in 7 days. When I participated in May 2011, I developed an idea from PiBoIdMo that would become my third published book, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving (Guardian Angel Publishing, Nov 2016).

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving shows ten-year-old Macy using quick thinking and ingenuity to save dinner when the dog swipes the turkey off the table. Without PiBoIdMo, this book may never have existed. It’s not the warm, message-driven story that I usually write. There is a set of fighting twins, a frazzled mom, and a turkey-stealing dog. Not so sweet. Pushing my boundaries to win this challenge allowed me to explore a fun and zany side I don’t often indulge.

Satisfied with my first dabble into PiBoIdMo, I participated again in 2012. Guardian Angel Publishing has Amos Faces His Bully under contract. This story was my first idea for PiBoIdMo in 2012. I can’t wait to see it published.

Just like you need to find a good writing spot and develop a writing routine, finding the right challenge for you can lead to greater success. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself. The rewards can be great.

 

 

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, and Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com

New Interview and Giveaway at The Pen And Ink Blog

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You’ll catch me this week at The Pen and Ink Blog where I talk about my latest release, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving, and give readers a chance to win copy. Please stop by and leave a comment with your email address at https://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos.html

Good luck to all who enter!

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT – Final Day!

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving concludes today. It’s been a great two weeks, but I am ready to take a breather. You can find me at the following two places:

Book Review at 100 Pages a Day

Character Interview at Pimp That Character!

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving Day 9

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues today. You can find me at the following two places:

Book Feature at 3 Partners in Shopping

Interview at The Literary Nook

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT Day 8

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues this week. You can find me at the following two places:

Interview at The Review From Here

Book Feature at Book Cover Junkie

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT – Days 6 & 7

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues this week. You can find me at the following five places:

December 12 – Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

December 12 – Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

December 13 – Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

December 13 – Book Featured at A Title Wave

December 13 – Book Review and Guest Post at The Story of a Writer

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT Day 5 & Looking for Reviewers

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving continues today. You can find me here:

Book review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

If you would like to review this book, I have PDF copies and a few print copies available. Please comment on this post with your email address or email me at ccmal(at)charter(dot)net.