Posted by: nancyisanders | June 13, 2011

Summer Reads: Take the Challenge

Okay, this book I’m reading this summer, BOOK IN A MONTH: THE FOOL-PROOF SYSTEM FOR WRITING A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS by Victoria Schmidt, is awesome! I’m still in the self-motivation section in the front and it is so…well…MOTIVATING!

It’s motivating me to MAKE the time to write, to TAKE the time to write, and even to BUY the time to write!

It’s so motivating reading this how-to-write book that I’m going to make a challenge:

Start reading your own how-to-write book this summer.
Don’t delay another day.
Don’t delay another minute.

If you already have how-to-write books on your bookshelf, STAND UP right now, grab one off your shelf, and put it in a spot front and center where you will read it at least once a day. In fact, open it up, read the first page, and post a comment here to let us know what you learned.

If you DON’T have a how-to-write book on your bookshelf, here’s what to do…RIGHT NOW:

Go to and choose a how-to-write book on a topic that interests you, and order it in. Right now. You can get lots of used books for as little as $5 including shipping. Then post a comment here and let us know which book you ordered so we can check it out, too.

Or, go online to your local library and request a how-to-write book. Then post a comment here and let us know which book you requested.

And if you already have a how-to-write book and are already reading it this summer, post a comment here and let us know one thing you learned from it today.

So, that’s the challenge. Start reading to improve your writing, and post a comment here RIGHT NOW to tell us what you’re doing.

I can’t wait to hear from you!


  1. Thanks for the great post, Nancy. The book you are reading sounds wonderful!

    I’m reading the series on How to Write Children’s Picture Books by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock. Volume I is about the structure of a PB story. Now I know that PBs often have a symmetrical structure. After reading this volume, I plan on finding the books at my library or Amazon and study the PBs that Heidi analyzes.


    • That’s a great idea about getting these picture books to read while you’re reading Eve’s books this summer! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m on board. I picked up “Writing for Children and Teenagers” by Lee Wyndham and read the first chapter. Thank you for keeping us inspired Nancy!

  3. Thank you for motivating me to read. I am putting away the ipod, turning off the tv and am opening a great novel.

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