Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Message From McKenna Morrill to Her Fellow Writers

by Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the Ellie Sweet books (Playlist). You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website including the free novella, Throwing Stones.

It started as an off-handed comment at dinner. My husband asked me how the announcement of another 100 for 100 challenge had gone over. I told him it had been well-received, and then shared the thought that had been lurking in my mind all day. "I was actually thinking about signing up McKenna."

McKenna, our six-year-old, heard her name and wanted to know what we were talking about. I explained that Go Teen Writers was hosting a challenge where writers signed up to write 100 word everyday for 100 days.

"And you signed me up for that?" The tone of her voice made it clear that this task seemed impossible. 100 words? No way, Mom!

"I was just telling Daddy that I had thought about it. But 100 words really isn't that much. It sounds like a lot, but you can do it pretty quickly." I noticed her marathon training page hanging up on the wall. "Same as the marathon you're running. You run just a couple laps a day, but it adds up to a lot."

That was pretty much the last word that I got in at dinner, because McKenna launched into the longest story I've ever heard her tell. She plays a game at recess with her friend, Kiara, about a princess and a vampire. This game started when they were in kindergarten so the story of the princess and the vampire has grown quite a bit. As she told us about it, her excitement about turning their playground story into a real story grew to the point that she was soon begging to be signed up.

Combining that with how she described her dress to me last night ("Can you help me find my purple dress, Mom? The one with long sleeves that makes me look like an upside down tulip?") I can't help wondering if this is the start of something big for her.

Maybe her excitement will dampen as the weeks wear on, but regardless I love being able to share a part of what I do with her. When I asked her if I could make a short video of her talking about the 100 for 100 challenge, something that I could put on the blog, she lit up. And here she is:

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(Many thanks to my husband who performed the surprisingly difficult task of getting the video off my phone, turning it the right direction, and getting it up on the blog.)

The 100 for 100 challenge starts on Monday! Don't forget to sign up!

42 comments:

  1. She is SO sweet. You're blessed with a daughter (and source of motivation, I guess) like that. And the 'upside down tulip' made me laugh ;-) I'm really curious how it will turn out!

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  2. Oh my word is she precious! <3 Great motivation, too! Tell McKenna good luck with her Princess and the Vampire story and that I want to read it when she's done with it!

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  3. Oh my gosh, she is so adorable. :3 She actually kind of reminds me of my little brother...o_o

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  4. Wow, McKenna! Thank you so much for joining us and for giving us all inspiration to get going. :) This is going to be a great challenge and I'm thrilled you'll be doing it with us.

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  5. Go McKenna!!! If you can do it, the rest of us can definitely do it! Thanks for the inspiration :) I definitely want to read The Princess and the Vampire when it's finished!

    thewordsatplay.blogspot.com

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  6. She's adorable. Thanks for sharing that, Stephanie. :)

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  7. That is PRECIOUS! Tell her I'm glad she's coming along for the ride. :)

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  8. Oh. My. Goodness. That was so sweet. Thanks for the motivation today. I'm trying to finish this first draft by October 19 and calculating today, I have about 850 words to write a day until then...so I needed a little cuteness. Actually, I made myself a picture in paint that's bright yellow with the words "850 words a day from now until 10/19--FINISH BREAKING RAIN!" and changed my email background to it. LOL :) I may have to bookmark this to remind myself as well...thank you!

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    1. Here's a link to the picture if anyone wants to do something similar... :) https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1fBYe__HF1udNZyqGcdIR608CSaTByAiHNvkapzhk8qk/edit?usp=sharing

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  9. She is SO adorable :) I'm glad somone of such young age will be joining us!

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    1. Whenever the weekend comes, I feel relieved because I don't have to ge up at 7am to go to orchestra class. Then I realise with shher terror that there won't be anymore blog posts on Go Teen Writers for the whole weekend. I was really surprised, and happy, when a blog post showed up in my e-mail.

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    2. Aw, that's sweet, Jessica :) Glad we could provide a bonus post for you today.

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  10. AWESOME job. If not author, I'm thinking actress. ;)

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  11. Awww! She's so cute! :)

    Looking forward to 100-4-100! Thanks for the encouragement!

    ~Robyn

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  12. Thanks, you guys! McKenna was delighted to see so many nice messages for her :) And anyone who wants to read The Princess and The Vampire will be welcome to, I'm told.

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    1. Yep, I totally want to read it. She's adorable! This is lovely.

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    2. How great are you guys? It will definitely be better than "Stephanie and Her Dog," my story from first grade that I posted a couple weeks ago :)

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  13. Love it! I read it to--and showed it to--Kaitlyn, and she wants to read McKenna's story!

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  14. McKenna's so adorable. :) I wish her good luck on the 100 For 100!

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  15. Thank you so much, McKenna for your inspiring words and encouragement! May your book be blessed and may you have tons of fun writing it :)

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  16. McKenna Morrill... That's a great pen name. I can just picture seeing one of her books on the "Best-seller" shelf at the bookstore. A very uncliche tale of adventure, romance, and unusual characters, chock full of fantastic descriptions. (Upside-down tulips... Why didn't I think of that?? ;) )
    Good luck, McKenna! I'm so excited to be writing alongside you. :)

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  17. Ohmygosh, Stephanie!! She's so sweet!! :D So excited to have some littles even join in the challenge!! :) Good luck, McKenna!! :)

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  18. Oh my goodness, she's so cute! Tell her I said good luck and that it's awesome she's trying her hand at writing! Will we be getting any updates from her in the future? ;)

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    1. You're so sweet to ask! She would probably love to. The girl loves the camera :)

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    2. Haha, loving a camera is a good quality. My mom, who likes taking a lot of family pictures when we go on vacation, probably wishes I possessed the same love. ;)

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    1. Isn't she? I wish her and Jaz lived closer to each other because I think they'd get along well :)

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  20. This totally inspired me! If a (BTW amazingly cute) 6 year old can do this, so can I! I took a look at my word count for this week and it was just awful. It's been hard finding time and the willingness to write. But McKenna forced me to sit down and just put some words on the page. Only ten minutes later I'm totally excited for my story again and the upcoming cometition. Thank you McKenna and thank you Stephanie for hosting this.

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  21. Haha! Tell McKenna she has lots of people who want to read her story once its done!

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  22. Aw, such a cute video! I was on the fence about the 100-for-100 challenge as I'm in the middle of edits on my novel. This video convinced me to sign up for the challenge. Tell McKenna good luck for me, and I'd love to read her story once it's finished! :)

    ~ Kayla

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  23. Yay, how exciting! Tell McKenna I think it's awesome that she'll be writing alongside us during this challenge, and I wish her the very best of luck with her story! :)

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  24. Aww! She's so precious :) I have a question about the 100 for 100 Challenge. Can you do it for more than one manuscript if you're working on more than one at once?

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  25. She is too adorable! It's so awesome that she'll be doing this with us!


    Alexa S. Winters
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    1. She had a great first day today. It'll be interesting to see what happens to her enthusiasm level :)

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  26. That's a brave little girl! If love to read hee finished story :D

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  27. She's so cute! I confess, Stephanie, I've been saying your last name wrong all this time and just learned how to say it from McKenna! By the way, I know I'm a new commenter but I've actually been reading for a while and I'm doing the 100-4-100 Challenge.

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