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Welcome friends!

Summer has arrived! Cue the lazy days, long nights, sunshine, pool dips, sunscreen, vacations and now...


Summer is an amazing time full of fun and opportunity, but also loads and loads of distractions. I know that if I don't make myself a plan and a goal, fall will be here before I know it with no new writing to show for myself.

Enter the Daily Dozen Summer Writing Challenge!

The Daily Dozen is a challenge to focus a tiny bit of time on our creative endeavors this summer. The goal is to spend 12 minutes a day creating NEW MATERIAL. That's it!

We can all steal 12 minutes from somewhere. I'm looking at you social media scrolling!

The wonderful thing about this tiny time is that it is achievable. What is even more wonderful, is that when added up over the course of the summer, that tiny time grows spectacularly into over 12 hours of creating!

Just imagine how much you will write!

Who can participate?

Absolutely anyone! This is an all-ages, all-genres, all-creators event! Unagented, agented, published, pre published... if you want to commit to your craft this summer then this challenge is for you.

And while I know it is called the Writing Challenge, I want to invite all creators to feel welcome to take on this daily challenge to see what they can create in just 12 minutes a day. 

I am looking at you illustrators!

So how does it work?

Check out the kickoff post on July 1 over at my blog, for a little inspiration and to learn about the PRIZES!

Of course there are going to be prizes. Prizes will be randomly awarded at the end of the summer to participants. This is the honors system. You don't need to complete all 62 days to win a prize, but wouldn't it feel good if you did?!

I will share the kickoff post on Instagram, X (Twitter), and BlueSky. I am @AndrewCHacket on all socials. You can also subscribe to my website if you want it sent directly to your inbox.

Once you get the post:

Comment on the post to officially join the challenge.

Use the daily tracker to monitor your progress!

Share about your progress on your socials using #DailyDozen.

Encourage others to join the fun.

Snag the participant badge below.

Right click and save image as to claim your participant badge.

My ultimate goal for this event is to help motivate creators (and myself) to create more this summer while building some camaraderie with our kidlit pals and having some fun while we are at it.

I hope you will consider joining us!


Comment below with any questions.



Andrew Hacket  is a writer, second-grade teacher, and father of three. He is also the author of the upcoming Ollie, the Acorn, and the Mighty Idea,  Curlilocks and the Three Hares, and Hope and the Sea. Andrew recognizes that being a kid is hard and he writes to create ways for kids to see themselves in stories and characters, to accept and overcome their insecurities, or to escape for just a little while through the power of their imaginations. 

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Andrea Wearne
Andrea Wearne
2 days ago

I saw this on your Twitter/X page and opened it on my phone. Then I lost the website. Luckily I found it again. I'm still joining even though it is July 16. Going to write for 12 minutes now. Good luck everyone!


Kellie Beggs
Kellie Beggs
Jul 07

A little late because of vacation, but I am IN!


Joy Pitcairn
Joy Pitcairn
Jul 07

A little late, but I’m joining the challenge!

Andrew Hacket
Andrew Hacket
Jul 07
Replying to

Welcome! Better late than never and there is still plenty of summer to get writing!


Amy Miller
Amy Miller
Jul 03

Late as always! I’m in! Thanks for providing a bite-sized challenge., Andrew.


Diana Delosh
Diana Delosh
Jul 02

Joining in- albeit 2 days in! Love this idea: create new fresh writing/illustration daily from now until SUmmer's over.

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