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spring cleaning writer challenge

Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge

spring cleaning writer challenge

Welcome to the Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge! I was tagged for this challenge by author, power reader, and reviewing all-star Deborah O’Carroll. She has one of the best blogs around for book lovers and wordsmiths which I highly recommend you follow!

Here’s how it works:


  1. Link back to the person who tagged you
  2. Share the picture
  3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
  4. (Optional) Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)


1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

Well I didn’t make any formal resolutions this year. Which is not to say that I don’t have them. I just haven’t set too many concrete goals or deadlines this year. “Make progress” is my mantra every day, but with family and health issues, I’m not in position to push myself the way I have in the past.

As I mentioned recently, my current project is The Super Secret Series, a nine book mega series. In the past I’ve done outlines for single books (this served me very well in The Last Motley) but I’ve never done one for an entire series at one go. But that is the idea with this series.

2. Which Stage Are You At?

I have currently finished outlining books 9, 1, 2, and 3. To be honest I should have finished all nine by now, but my current, re-adjusted goal is for the end of April. That would mean one a week. I think that is doable.

Using Deborah’s suggestion of a building metaphor, I’m in the blueprints phase. I even have a massive, marvelous map to go along with that architectural theme. World building. Yes, I believe that is what the cool writers are calling it.

Prior to this I did quite a bit of work on character development. Again, moreso on this project than any I’ve done before. Let’s hope all this hard work pays off!

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet: Snippet Love

Since I’m not really writing proper, all I have is this poem which I’m not sure how I’ll use. But in the story magic is known as The Spark, and is also a kind of metaphor for inspiration or even the Holy Spirit.

What lights a fire in the dark?
What gives the daysong to the lark?
What flies the arrow to its mark?
The Spark, the everlasting Spark.

What bends the rainbow to its arc?
What lends its strength to the great oak’s bark?
What kindles hope when bleak and stark?
The Spark, the everlasting Spark.

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (and share a picture!)

So the idea is to organize your writing space and share a picture of it. But I’m what they call “camera-challenged”. It’s not very easy for me to get photos onto my site (long story). But how about some artwork?

These were found on pinterest so they are not mine, but they represent the two main characters of the series, Kion and Tara. The Kion art is not quite right. Imagine a younger version of this and that would be about right. But as for Tara this is exactly what she looks like. In fact, I changed the character’s look when I found this painting since I simply fell in love with it.

It may not look it, but they are brother and sister. Kion favors his father more, and Tara her mother.

Kion, hero of an upcoming fantasy series


tara, hero of an upcoming fantasy series


Wrap up

So there you have it!

Thank you so much Deborah for tagging me. I had a blast doing these.

I’ll tag Abbey, and Jennete since I haven’t heard from them in a while. Hopefully this will motivate them to do a little spring cleaning of their own!

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Comments (5)

  1. Awk, you’re so nice about my blog and stuff! Thank you! ^_^

    Your nine book series sounds fascinating, and I hope your outlining continues to go well! Make progress is a great goal, and kinda mine as well. 😛 Yay “blueprint” plotting and worldbuilding! OH, I love that poem! It’s so inspiring! 😀 Thanks for sharing that! (It’s also making me even MORE curious about your series…)

    GAH, Kion and Tara look so cool! Great pics you found! I can’t wait to meet them someday and hear about their story! 😀 You have the neatest ideas! ^_^

    Anyway, I had so much fun getting this glimpse into your current writing progress! Thanks for sharing. 😀

    • DJ Edwardson says:

      I do think you will really enjoy this series. I wish I could say more, but SPOILERS. It’s so tempting to dive right in to it because I KNOW what happens in book 1, but I’m putting in the hard work, trying to give the whole series a more unified arc.

      Thanks again for tagging me. This was a treat!

  2. J. L. Mbewe says:

    Thanks for tagging me, DJ! I’ll try to get something together for Monday. I’ve been hoping to get back to blogging regularly again. I so miss the interaction with you all! Life has just been kicking my butt lately.

    A nine book series! So cool. I’ve been trying to figure out outlining and plotting lately. I have a 7+ murder mystery fantasy series I’m brainstorming right now and would love to outline it properly. But as I am learning, I don’t know if I can be as specific as some outlines what me to be. I used to think I was a plotter. Not so much any more. Ha!

    Wish you well in all your writing endeavors!

    • DJ Edwardson says:

      So great to hear from you! So you’ve got a mega-series of your own calling, eh? So daunting, but so exciting, isn’t it? To really be able to explore and dive in to a set of characters or a world or a longer story, that is something which a stand alone novel, or shorter series cannot really give.

      Hope you’re able to flesh everything out in a satifying way and get started.

      I look forward to reading the results of your own “spring cleaning” on your site soon!

      • J. L. Mbewe says:

        Thanks! My post will go live Monday at 5. 🙂 I don’t know how many books that will be in the series. Maybe seven, maybe more, depending on how well they do or don’t do. I actually have six more novels planned for the World of Nälu (two of which are already in rough draft form), but I probably won’t be pursuing those anytime soon. I’ve never attempted a stand alone novel, although, part of me wants to. It’s just that all my ideas are big. Ha! Looking forward to hearing more about your Super Secret Series! Happy writing!

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