Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. She is represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd.

 

 

 

Debbie's blog post: Why Picture Books Are Important

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Out in bookstores now:

I'M BORED. Written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. A New York Times Notable Children's Book and Junior Library Guild selection. Teacher's Guide (K-5) now available.

 

 

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Three Questions For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

 

250 Wd Challenge | 500 Wd Challenge | 1000 Wd Challenge

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The goal of the 1000 Words A Day Challenge is simple: to inspire writers to write.

Too often, I find that writers start motivational challenges like NaNoWrimo with enthusiasm and good intentions, but give up when they start missing their daily targets for more than a few days in a row...undermining their confidence and defeating the purpose of the original challenge.

I also wanted a challenge that lasted the whole year rather than just a month.

Hence, the 1000 Words A Day Challenge.

What are the rules?

Try to write 1000 words a day, at least six days a week.

As long as you are sincerely and consistently TRYING to write 1000 words a day, then you can post the badge on your blog or website. If life occasionally gets in the way, that's ok -- as long as you promise yourself to get back on the wagon as soon as you can. If you sometimes don't reach 1000 words, that's also ok -- but try again the next day.

The badge has to link back to the 1000 Words A Day Challenge page (the page you're reading right now).

Where can I get the badges? 

Feel free to scoop any of the badges on this page and link back to this page.

What's to stop someone from posting the badge just for show?

Nothing. But since there are no prizes other than personal, the writer is only cheating herself.

Be honest with yourself. If many days pass without you giving full effort to meeting your daily wordcount goal, then take the badge off your site. If you're going on a long vacation and you know you're unlikely to be doing any writing, then you should take the badge off your site. For the Challenge to work for you, the badge has to mean something.

What if I can only write 500 words a day instead of 1000?

Feel free to suggest other wordcounts. If there is enough demand, I'll make more badges

. What type of writing counts toward the challenge?

Again, this is up to you to decide. Some writers may just want to count words written for a first draft of a novel. Others may want to include how many words they've revised. Still others may count ANY words they've written, including blogs, Twitter, non-fiction, outlining, poetry and other writing. As Chris Brogan says, writing begets writing.

SOME TIPS:

If you don't reach 1000 words one day, don't try to make up for it by writing extra words the next day -- that increases your chance for repeated failure, which increases discouragement and the tendency to give up on your 1000 words a day goal. DON'T GIVE UP.

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I Wrote A Thousand Words Today Club: for those who write for young people.

SOME USEFUL TOOLS:

Simple word counters

Writertopia Wordcount Script: just paste in your text, hit SUBMIT and you'll get back the number of words.

Enso Words: Enso is free and runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Spellcheck, wordcount, other features.

General wordcount trackers

Curious Device: another little progress meter: straightforward word counter.

Writertopia progress meter: provides two graphical progress meters that can be embedded in your web page or blog.

NaNoWriMo word meter

Yahoo widget wordcount: written for NaNoWriMo, but looks like it could be used for a general wordcount.

Wordcount tools for Wordpress

Scribometer Progress meter by David Anaxagoras. This is the one I use (see the right-hand column of Inkygirl.com). David writes:

 

Hi Debbie! The 1,000 words a day challenge is a great idea. I’ve updated my Scribometer progress meter WordPress widget to track any unit the user wants to measure, so now it can be used for words as well as script pages or cups of coffee consumed.

 

Nick Momrik's Post Wordcount

ProgPress: A progress meter plugin for Wordpress

Murray's Wordcount Wordpress Plugin: wordcount for a post