Friday, December 31, 2021

Resolutions Anyone? by Ann Finkelstein

Hi novelists! Once again, SCBWI-MI is here to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions.

Resolution #1: Finish the draft of your novel.

If that seems daunting, check out these posts by Kristin Wolden Nitz on the Institute of Children’s Literature blog:

How to write a Novel in Only 15 minutes a Day

The Energy of Groups

Wooing the Muse

Resolution #2: Write a synopsis.

No one said this was easy. Consider directing your synopsis to answer these questions:

What does the main character want?

Why can’t the main character achieve this goal?

How does the main character change in the attempt?

Resolution #3: Apply for one of the novel mentorships.

And now, the fun part! SCBWI-MI is offering mentorships with Patrick Flores-Scott and Kelly J. Baptist.

The submission window for both mentorships opens April 25, 2022 and closes on May 16, or when we receive 30 applications, whichever comes first.

All entrants receive constructive comments from three superstar judges.

Everything you need to know can be found on the mentorship page of the SCBWI-MI website.


Still have questions? Email Ann Finkelstein, SCBWI-MI mentorship coordinator.

Ann Finkelstein is a former scientist who discovered that writing novels is more fun than wrangling test tubes. She coordinates the SCBWI-MI mentorship program.


  1. Thanks to Ann, who has done marvelous work as the Mentorship Coordinator. Thanks also for the concise but jam-packed helpful resolution suggestions. Kristin's posts are absolutely worth the read.

  2. Wonderful tips and thank you for sharing the mentorship information. Wishing you all the best in the coming year!