Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Join the FOOD FIGHT!

Only 5 days left until the First Annual Write Routine's FOOD FIGHT! 

You are going to want to join in.  In fact, today I am proud to announce that one lucky winner will receive FREE registration in the Picture Book Academy's self-paced e-course "Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books". 
Thank you, Dr. Mira for your generous donation. 

So what are you waiting for? 


1) Today. Make sure you are a Follower of this blog. And grab the uber nifty Participant Badge. By the way, this badge was designed by Julie Rowan-Zoch. Make sure to tell her how awesome you think it is. So, grab the badge. Display it proudly on your social media and blogs. Spread the word. Link back to this post. Let's get the word out. Because the more people slinging peas and flinging Jell-o the better. Trust me.

2) On March 4th, if you have a blog ~ Create a post in which you start a story. This story should have a clear setting and at least one clear character. Set the scene. Be creative. It can be anywhere. But remember, I am a kidlit let's keep it clean (until we start throwing food, of course). Write the story up to the moment when a food fight breaks out. And then stop. Publish your post, stop at the Write Routine to link up your story...and then sit back. If you don't have a blog, relax...your participation will be needed to. See step #3. 

3) March 4th til March 8th (midnight EST) ~ Comment on as many of the Food Fight stories as possible. Your comment needs to grow the story.

Read the posted story and all of the comments that precede you. Then, post your comment. Be sure to build on and further the existing story. Your comment should flow. The story should read as if it was written by one person when read from beginning to end.

ALSO, your comment needs to include at least one word of onomatopoeia and one thrown item of food. Your onomatopoeia must be a word that has not been used already in that story, as well. That's right. Be creative.

We are creating community here. Anyone can participate. Comment on as many stories throughout the week as possible.

You can comment more than once on a story, however, you cannot fight with yourself...meaning, you cannot follow one of your own comments...someone else needs to comment before you can comment again. Have fun.

4) Over the weekend (March 9th and 10th) blog owners need to wrap up their story with one last comment. Make sure the ending is satisfying. It should feel like the story is defnitely concluded. Flex those creative writing chops.

5) There will be 2 prizes. One prize will go to the "Most Food Flung", meaning the person who commented/participated the most. Another prize will be given to the owner of the blog with "Best Story Overall" to be decided on by our judges. Prizes to be announced on March 4th. You MUST be a Follower of this Blog to be eligible for prizes.

See you on the battlefield! 


  1. OK. I think I might join the insanity, (though I am TERRIFIED to start a thread.) It's a fun and fabulous idea.
    Whether I'm there on the 4th or not, you can be sure I'll start promoting it for you. Who doesn't love a good food fight? Anyway, does my story starter have to include onomatopoeia, or just my comments?
    And do you have a link to a few story starters I can read to get the feel of what I should be writing? (IF I get the nerve...)

    1. Joanne, we would LOVE to have you join us! Deep breath. You can do it.
      And no, your starter does not have to have onomatopoeia in it...unless you choose as a way to set the tone. Totally up to you.
      As for examples, my suggestion would be to wait til a few are posted on Monday and read those for inspiration.

  2. As I was reading, thought of my MC - getting oh so excited. Funny, didn't particularly enjoy food fights at uni' when I dreaded mashed potatoes in my hair. Somehow flinging peas with words across cyberspace seems much more satisfying, and FUN!

    let the best shot win (and hope I figure out how to link & post that awesome badge)!

    1. Patricia, are you still having trouble with the badge? Can you just right click and copy/paste it? Let me know.

  3. Great prize! Someone's going to be lucky :)

  4. can you join in if you dont have a blog?

    1. Yes. Comment on all of the participating blogs. Grow the story. Fling food. See step #3 above.

  5. What a cute badge ((Julie))and super cool contest Marcie. I think I'll try this out. I don't want to miss all the fun. :)