(So if you haven’t gotten your Nonfiction Page Turner entry in – hurry! Today IS the deadline!)

And there is A LOT going on here at FaithWriters (and elsewhere, for that matter!) in this eleventh month of the calendar year.

Of course, there’s the FaithWriters Writing Challenge (the genre quarter – this week’s topic challenges us to write contemporary fiction – who knows what styles of writing we’ll be challenged to try in coming weeks?).  Be sure to give a topic a try, read  and comment on last week’s entries, and/or check out the latest winners.

Plus, the two remaining opportunities to win Xulon Bestseller Packages wrap up at the end of this month. Be sure to check out the information at the appropriate page to find out the many ways you can enter the raffle to win a package – or send the beginning of a novel-length Christian fiction work with a biblical message to a second contest and get the chance to win a second package from Xulon. Deadline for both of these  contests is November 30, 2014. Check out the details – and get busy!

But FaithWriters isn’t the only place to celebrate writing in November. One of the biggest writing challenges/marathons I have ever heard of also takes place then. If you want to get a novel written, November may just be the month for you, thanks to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – when a gigantic community of writers of all genres are challenged to complete 50,000 words in one month. There are several FaithWriters members who participate – why don’t you be one of them?

And there’s ANOTHER month-long challenge in November – one that I just discovered myself a bit over a year ago – and this one is geared toward children’s picture book writers and/or illustrators. If that is more up your alley, why don’t you join ME as I and hundreds of others strive to get our picture book creativity going with Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo). The pre-PiBo festivities have already begun at host and picture book author Tara Lazar’s blog – with inspirational posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors, and other Kidlit professionals – and will continue throughout the month. There will be prizes too! The challenge? Come up with 30 picture book ideas in the 30 days that make up November. Check here for details – and here to register (you can follow along whether you are registered or not, but can’t win prizes if you aren’t registered).

 What are YOUR November Writing Plans?

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