Shonda Rhimes writing book on a year of accepting challenges

Jun 2, 2015, 6:24 PM
FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Shonda Rhimes arrives at the 8th Annual Essence Blac...
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Shonda Rhimes arrives at the 8th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award-winning showrunner and creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" has an agreement with Simon & Schuster for "Year of Yes," the publisher announced Tuesday, June 2. Rhimes was inspired to write the book, coming in November, after she was dared in December 2013 to for one year say yes to unexpected invitations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shonda Rhimes’ first book will have a positive message.

The award-winning showrunner and creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” has an agreement with Simon & Schuster for “Year of Yes,” the publisher announced Tuesday.

Rhimes was inspired to write the book, coming in November, after she was dared in December 2013 to for one year say yes to unexpected invitations.

In a statement issued through Simon & Schuster, Rhimes said she had not planned to tell about her year of challenges. But, in the spirit of taking chances, she couldn’t turn down Simon & Schuster’s suggestion to write a book.

“I had no choice — what else could I say but yes?” she said.

Rhimes’ book has a similar title to a popular release from 2006, “The Year of Yes,” in which Maria Dhavana Headley writes of agreeing to go out with every man who asks her for a date.

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Shonda Rhimes writing book on a year of accepting challenges