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12 X 12 July 2015 Check-In!

12 x 12 July 2015 Check-In!

I DID IT! I wrote a new draft in July. At 2:30 this morning, in fact. While suffering from insomnia, I was seized with inspiration for how to approach a PB I’ve had on my idea list for a long time. I figured as long as I was up anyway, I might as well take advantage.

I don’t need to tell you that it’s VERY rough, and will need tons of work. But it’s NEW and SHINY. So I’m happy. 🙂

Now tell us your progress. Did you complete a draft and/or revision in July? Let us know in the comments and in the Rafflecopter. This month’s winner will get a critique from our July Featured Author Susan Eaddy! Good luck to YOU!

Here is what you need to do to check in for a chance to win a critique with Susan Eaddy:

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “Picture Book Critique from Susan Eaddy” at the top.
  2. Click on the “Comment on Susan’s Blog Post” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on Susan’s blog post. If you haven’t comment yet, you can click HERE and comment. Commenting on Susan’s Featured Author post and clicking enter will get you one entry in this month’s Rafflecopter whether you completed a draft or not. When you click ENTER on that option in Rafflecopter, the next two options will open up.
  3. Click on the “Wrote a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you completed a PB draft in July. If you did, click ENTER, if you did not, move on to the next step.
  4. Click on the last “Revised a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you revised a PB in July. If you did, click ENTER. If not, move on to the next step.
  5. Submit your entry. Rafflecopter will track your points.

You have until midnight Eastern on August 1st to enter your results. Rafflecopter will draw a winner and I’ll announce it on the blog on August 2nd.

Only 5 months left in the 12 x 12 Challenge! Will you be on the Winners Wall?

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This Post Has 21 Comments
  1. This month I traded in writing a new draft to buckle down on revisions. The benefit is clear in my updated manuscripts and now I’m excited to draft something new in August!

  2. Congrats on getting another draft done! I got a new PB drafted and another revised this month. Ready for lots of productivity in August! 🙂

  3. Julie, I hope you feel better soon. I’m happy you stayed up to write the story that found you in the middle of the night. Those are some of our best ideas 🙂

    I managed to write a PB, worked on two revisions and started a new PB. Busy, Busy is good!

  4. This month was another good one for me, as I pushed myself knowing that starting August 6 my house will be filled with contractors and I am not sure how much writing I will be able to do… I wrote 2 PB drafts and revised 3 more PiBoIdMo manuscripts along with one of my chapter books

  5. In July I not only commented on the post very early in the month, but wrote a new draft & revised one written in June. Sadly, the revisions weren’t quite enough, as one RYS editor thought it still needs loads of work. *sigh* Ever the optomist, I’m scrambling to keep up in Kidlit Summer School – only one week behind so far! Happy #SCBWILA15 to everyone attending & happy writing & revising to all in August (thankfully another long month!).

  6. Congratulations, Julie – some of my best inspiration comes to me in the wee hours of the night! I’m happy that I finally rose out of my summer fog and completed one draft and revised another.

  7. Must be summer–a new draft and a revision for me! Julie, maybe your vacation–even though it sounds like it was difficult– gave you some mental space. Congrats!

  8. Congrats on your new draft, Julie!
    Doing both 12×12 and a mentorship at the same time has been AWESOME for my productivity. I revised two manuscripts and wrote one new draft this month. Yay!

  9. Yay for you with a new pb draft. Boo for no sleep!
    And thank you so much, Julie, for requiring us to comment on the spotlight author/illustrator…I had missed Susan’s post. And it was a doozy! What a special lady she is…uber talented and humble, too. 😉
    I did write a new pb…NOT nonfiction, which lately is a rarity. And I got great feedback on it from Kathy Halsey when we met at the WOW retreat. And as far as revisions go…oh my word, YES. My hubby thinks I am insane…he keeps asking, when I read him a manuscript, “Have you changed this one AGAIN?”

  10. Congratulations on getting that first draft out! You can always make it pretty later.

    At the beginning of the month, I revised March’s PB and sent it out for critique. Then a couple of days ago, I wrote a new one. I haven’t written a new PB since April, so I’m pretty happy. It’s the first rhyming PB that I’ve completed a draft for this year, so YAY!

  11. Yes! I started a new draft today and about 30 words in hit a dead end. Lucky for me an entirely differnt idea popped and I got that baby tucked in just in time to turn out the light! Good night everybody!

  12. Funny about the time zones. Last month I sat down to let everyone know I had written a book. It was 9:45pm. Too, late because the cut off is EDT. But I just wanted you to know I DID IT! So now it is nearly eleven in my time zone and I reported that I wrote another book this month. It is designed for young children but is loaded with fun facts about crows. It is a short six chapter book with a total of 2400+ word, or about 400 words per chapter.

    Last month it is about a kitten. Also a chapter book of three chapters. Again designed for being read to or for the first to third grade reader.

  13. It’s great having a deadline! I finished a draft of a new manuscript and revised an old one on the 31st. Happy to be making progress.

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