Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's coming. Are You Ready?

I participated last year, enjoyed it and plan to take the challenge again. It's the 2nd annual NaPiBoWriWee hosted by Paula Yoo. (National Picture Book Writing Week) May 1, 2010 - May 7, 2010

The goal: Try to write 7 picture book manuscripts (rough drafts) in 7 days!

Insane? I know!

The concept is to get those ideas out of your head and on paper and to write every day. The story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. I know what you're thinking, "There's no way I can do that!" or "I don't have time." I thought that too last year but somehow I managed. There were days when I barely got a sentence out and then on another day I would complete 2 manuscripts.

Even if you only got one manuscript done as long as your try and write every day for that week. Do that and, congratulations, you won!

Last year I was on a maternity leave from my full time job but I was busy and sleep deprived. This year I'm still busy with my family (they're always first), still sleep deprived AND I'm back at my full time job. So, this should be interesting on how I fit it in and try to blog about it along the way.

Ok, full NaPiBoWriWee details can be found on Paula's site at http://www.paulayoo.com/content/natl-picture-book-writing-week-napibowriwee-2010-may-1-7-2010

Check back here to follow along with me on my NaPiBoWriWee progress.

Paula is also writing Inspirational NaPiBoWriWee Blog posts from now until May 1st.

Paula Yoo is author of Good Enough (HarperCollins), Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story (illustrated by Dom Lee, published by Lee & Low Books in 2003) and Shooting Star: The Anna May Wong Story (illustrated by Lin Wang, published by Lee & Low Books.) Read more about Paula at http://paulayoo.com/bio


Rosalind Adam said...

Hi, I've arrived here via Paula's NaPiBoWriWee blog. Have just registered but can't help wondering if there's any difference in submission guidelines between the UK and Canada.

Auntie Flamingo said...

Hello Rosalind,

I'm so please you found my blog and took the time to leave a comment.

I assuming you are asking about submission guidelines for NaPiBoWriWee. The NaPiBoWriWee Chanllenge is a personal challenge and so there is no submitting.
So there are no guidelines! Great, eh?

All you have to do is try your best to write 7 picture book manuscripts in 7 days. They don't have to be edited and perfect. Drafts will do.

Registering at Paula's site allows you to leave comments there and you will be automatically be included in the random prize drawing for an autographed copy of her latest book SHINING STAR: THE ANNA MAY WONG STORY (Lee & Low '09) as well as some special prizes. I can't wait!

I hope that answers your question. If not let me know and I'll see what I can do. :)

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