Monday, April 28, 2008

My 21-Day Challenge Begins- Day 1

Alicia Padrón invited me to take part in a 21 day creative challenge inspired by Laurie Halse Anderson's keynote speech from the recent New England SCBWI conference. (Illustrator Gina Perry started this particular group challenge.) It's open to anyone who wants to participate. You can start whenever... so jump on board!

Here's how it works: Laurie challenged the audience to give themselves the gift of time by spending 15 minutes a day writing or making art-- saying that it takes 21 days to form a new habit-- and this was a habit that would change your life.

I'm game!

Since I already spend most of the day working on writing or illustrating projects, I've decided to spend the chunk of time generating new story ideas. This is one area that's been a challenge. By the time regular work is done for the day my brain is fried. Then I get frustrated that I'm not thinking ahead enough to the next project, and I end up in the doldrums.

So-- my goal in the 21 days is to generate a plethora of ideas. (Ha! How's that for a word to wake you up on a Monday morning!) I'm not sure yet what form they will take-- written or drawn-- but I'll post at least once a week with my progress.

7 comments:

Paola said...

Smart decision! 15 minutes a day to think ahead and organize new projects... sounds great!
Good luck with your "plethora of ideas" :)

Alicia Padrón said...

This is a wonderful idea Jennifer! I can't wait to hear your stories.. although I hope they don't have words like plethora in them because kids will have a hard time understanding them... ;o)
(I had to look it up on the dictionary hee, hee)

Tom Barrett said...

Welcome aboard! Here's to 21 ideas in 21 days!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Jennifer...

Today is day one for me...what a wonderful idea...have a great time and I will be back to see what you post!

Jennifer said...

Hi Paola- Thanks! It will be interesting to see how it works.

Hi Alicia-- Yes, no words that are too hard! I'm not sure yet how I'll post about writing days, since it's not as if they'd be finished stories. The drawing is easier...

Thanks, Tom!

Hi Diana- Glad you're doing this, too! I'll have to make time to visit everyone's blogs-- so far Monday is starting out with a busy bang! :-)

christine mercer-vernon said...

fabulous! have fun and can't wait to see/hear what you have at the end of 21 days!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Christine! I can't wait, either. I love exercises like this that help you become more productive.