Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and reading resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Will Write For Chocolate


Archived WWFC strips


If you'd like to see older WWFC strips, please check the Will Write For Chocolate archives or start from the beginning. You can also follow WWFC on Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Thanks so much for your continuing support! -- Debbie


Christmas Love

If you're on Facebook, please do Like my Will Write For Chocolate FB Page, thanks! :-)


Mimi Does NaNoWriMo

Apologies for the hiatus. My feeble excuse: I was working on I'M BORED and also learning how to use Photoshop. I finally got around to switching my Will Write For Chocolate template from Corel Painter to Photoshop, which will make it easier for me to update the strip.

Thanks to those who have been nudging me recently; I updated mainly because of you. :-) I've also created a Google+ Page and a Facebook Page for Will Write For Chocolate, and would appreciate it if you could follow/Like these Pages. And again, THANK YOU so much for your continuing support!


When The Muse Strikes...

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Eliza & the Focused Writing Session

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Apologies for the hiatus. A lot has happened in my life since I last posted. One of the most significant: I got a book deal. I'm illustrating Michael Ian Black's new picture book, I'M BORED, which is coming out from Simon & Schuster next year. HOW COOL IS THAT?

I've also been taking my illustrating and cartooning far more seriously, and have been drawing a lot more. I've been posting daily doodles on my revamped page, and settling into an illustration style. I used to draw in a ton of styles -- all fun, but it meant that I wasn't really improving in any of them. So I've decided to focus on the loose sketchy style that publishers and art directors seem to like (and frankly, is easiest for me).

One of the reasons I've taken so long to get back to Will Write For Chocolate is because I've never really been happy with that old, tighter style. I -know- it's a big no-no to change illustration styles in the middle of a comic strip but I figure hey, I'd rather change than shut down the comic strip altogether. So welcome to the revamped Will Write For Chocolate! This looser, sloppier style feels much  more natural to me, which means I'm more likely to post more often. :-)




I'm actually participating in FOUR creative challenges this month (which prompted my friend Andrew's comment, which inspired this comic), but there wasn't room.


Heat Wave


Michael Finds A Niche

Inspired by last night’s #kidlitchat on Twitter.


Mimi and her Writer's Wordcount Challenge

If you want a daily wordcount challenge with leeway, consider doing the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge For Writers.


Eliza's Panic Attack


Inspired by this post by @moonrat:

Tip for writers: try VERY HARD to let go of the fear of failure; it doesn't gain you anything.

Excellent advice! I'm going to do my best to take this to heart.

Banned Books Week


From ALA's page about Banned Books Week:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

And you can read Manifesto by Ellen Hopkins here.