Are You Up For A Challenge?
Calling Writers: Are you up for a challenge?
It all began with a challenge. Brian C. Johnson emerged as a novelist through the NaNoWriMo Challenge. He is now working on his third novel. Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge; a little challenge, to get started on something you were always meant to accomplish.
“I’ve only been writing fiction for a short while—about ten years. That is two novels. I never imagined writing novels at all. Several years ago, our local newspaper was doing a special pullout magazine for Black History Month. The focus was to be ‘African-American artists in the Shenandoah Valley.’ The reporter identified me as an artist. When I mentioned that I didn’t do any art, she questioned, ‘Aren’t you a writer?’ That was not an identity I had ascribed to myself. ‘Me, a writer?’ I explained I had not written anything other than a few lovelorn, sappy poems only my girlfriend would see, and a couple plays I hoped would be performed in church.
A few months later, she invited me to join her in the NaNoWriMo Challenge. National Novel Writing Month (shortened to NaNoWriMo), is an internet-based challenge; writers endeavor to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, during the month of November.
I took her up on it. I had virtually no idea how to write a novel, but I had always heard that you should write what you know. As the first of November loomed, I had little idea what I would write about—until I experienced a very vivid dream; the dream stayed with me, almost haunting me. I knew that was to be the novel. I won NaNoWriMo that month—in 26 days. It took me another eight years to get it ready for publication. Titled, The Room Downstairs, my debut novel released in 2016, much of it was my childhood memories realized.”
As the leaves change, and drift down from the trees; as the temperatures drop, and you find yourself inside, as November rolls in, it is the perfect time to take on a writing challenge. Join the thousands of other writers this month in the NaNoWriMo Challenge, and see what you can accomplish.
Author and advocate, Brian C. Johnson, has committed himself personally and professionally to the advancement of multicultural and inclusive education. His newest work of historical fiction, Send Judah First, is based on the life of of Belle Grove Plantation’s head cook from 1817 to 1836. In Send Judah First, Johnson beautifully expounds upon the two historical documents that mention Judah and illuminates the life of this otherwise erased soul.
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Summer Reading List 2023
A book to read on a long flight. A book to read while lying in the hammock. A book to read while relaxing on the beach. A book to read when you wish you were relaxing on the beach. A guilt-free option for entertaining your children. A new summer read for your book club. A book to complete your summer reading bingo sheet or the summer reading challenge at your library.
Whatever it is you are looking for we listed a few suggestions to get you started.
The Legend Keepers Series has won three awards due to its uniquely crafted narrative and important message– a blend of fantasy and fiction promoting an environmental message!
“I blended what we know about animals from research, and what we would like to know about animals but don’t — the stuff we imagine and wish we knew,” he said. “As a novelist, I have this freedom that I don’t have as a scientist writing nonfiction.”
Science has the wonderful capacity to open young minds to possibilities. It prompts them to ask questions about the world they live in, especially the “how” and “why” questions.
I also believe that literature can enhance classroom science education. Both nonfiction and fiction—including eco-fiction—convey engaging and evocative examples of science in action. Such storytelling helps both young and old to see what’s possible. Stories inspire us to imagine what could be. We need to be able to imagine, to dream of the future we want. Only then can we seek and achieve it. This is our shared responsibility to future generations, and to planet Earth.