50 Words or Less Writing Challenge!

I’m always up for a challenge, so when I discovered children’s author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog Picture Books Help Kids Soar and her 50 Precious Words contest, it immediately appealed to me. The challenge–as you would have guessed by the title–is to write a complete story (for children) in 50 words or less. Interesting, right? Well, I’m up to my elbows in pastel, but I had to “take off the latex gloves” and give it a whirl. Here goes!


Anita’s Palette

Anita-Alexa awoke with a plan,

Paint her room umber, orange and tan.

Turquoise above bright as a stone,

Cactus her guide as she journeyed alone.


Flora, fauna and bramble so lush,

Silver the moon, scarlet the dusk.

Anita-Alexa let out a yawn,

Where prairie dogs whispered and guarded the dawn.


If you’re a children’s book writer, this is a wonderful opportunity to play with words and hone your writing skills.  For more information check out Vivian’s blog: https://viviankirkfield.com/2017/02/15/50-precious-words-writing-challenge-is-almost-here/

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