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Calling all picture book writers!

There's a fantastic challenge that runs from May 1st through May 7th that encourages you to write 7 picture book drafts in 7 days.  It's called NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week) and was created by author Paula Yoo.  This will be my third year participating, and some of my favorite picture book manuscripts have come from this challenge.  It always reminds me that I should take a little break from revising my novel and current picture book manuscripts so I can write several new ones.

I'll share some of the rules below, but make sure you check Paula's site for all the details, updates, and wonderful guest blogs from Lisa Wheeler, Dan Santat, Don Tate, and several others.  Here's a direct link to the NaPiBoWriWee area on Paula's site.  And did I tell you that you can win prizes?  So you'll already be a winner for having seven new picture book drafts to mold into shape AND you can win prizes, too.  Wahoo!  

Here's a little more info:

1. Midnight May 1st to 11:59 p.m. May 7th: Write 7 separate and complete picture books.
2. You are NOT allowed to write the same picture book in 7 variations. Each book must be complete and separate.
3. No minimum word count. Instead, each book must have a clear beginning, middle and end.
4. You are allowed to brainstorm and research book topics before May 1st. Outlines are acceptable. First draft writing is NOT. Do NOT write your books before May 1st – only brainstorming, taking notes, and outlining are allowed.
5. You are NOT allowed to write a single word of your draft until midnight May 1st.

So...who is going to take the NaPiBoWriWee plunge with me?  I've been busy finishing up revisions on my MG, Mom Wars, and after one more quick read through, it will be DONE!  I haven't had much time to plan my new picture book manuscripts, so I'm really glad I have over 30 ideas that I jotted down during Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) challenge.  I was hoping to flesh out those ideas before this challenge, and will try to work on them today and tomorrow.  It looks like Sunday is going to be a very busy day...I can't wait!

Several of us formed a Facebook group to cheer each other on during NaPiBoWriWee--let me know if you want me to add you to our group!

Thanks for creating this wonderful challenge, Paula!  Good luck to everyone participating in NaPiBoWriWee.  I can't wait to hear about all your new manuscripts!
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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 30th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Mindy, I must be nuts to think of joining. Next week is so busy...and yet, seriously, I think I'm interested! Please add me on to the facebook site, and I will check out Paula Yoo's site.
Apr. 30th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you're going to try it, Sheela. It's amazing to write seven new picture book drafts in a week--especially when it takes so much longer to write a draft or do a round of revisions on a novel. Some days, I really need that feeling of finishing something--it helps get me through long, intense rounds of novel revisions.

Plus, it feels great to give picture books as much attention as my MG--I'm always revising them, but didn't write many new ones each year until I started participating in this challenge.
May. 9th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
Mindy it was great to write with you again!! Congratulations on all of your picture books!! The title of your last picture book, The Idea Machine, is intriguing.

I think I came up with a couple that are definite possibilities but they will have to wait until fall to be revised as I'm knee deep... more like neck deep... into revisions for NED. Hopefully, this will be the final overhaul and it will be ready to go out into the wild blue yonder soon.
May. 13th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sharon. It was great writing with you again, too. Wow--you really rocked NaPiBoWriWee! I can't wait to hear more about your new picture books. :)

I love The Idea Machine, too. I think the first draft came out really good, but believe a couple others are even stronger. I'll probably tackle those first, so it might take a while for me to revise it, but I can't wait to attack round 1 of revisions as soon as I can.

Fingers, toes, and Lolly's paws crossed that you'll make Ned dazzle soon! Maybe you can tackle a few in between your last round of Ned revisions. Then, you'll have something to do while giving yourself a bit of distance from Ned.
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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