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May 9, 2014

Stay Tuned for 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE – May 1-7, 2015!

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2015

 Hi! Please mark your calendars… the 7th annual NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK (AKA “NaPiBoWriWee”) will take place May 1-7, 2015.

For the past six years, NAPIBOWRIWEE has celebrated the art and craft of writing picture books by challenging writers to attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days. We feature fun Q&A blogs with guest authors plus lots of fun prizes and souvenirs. The goal of NAPIBOWRIWEE is to encourage writers to fight procrastination by trying to write AND finish a first draft of a picture book every single day for seven straight days. You are allowed to brainstorm, research, and outline your picture books all year-long until May 1st, when you are to write full drafts of each picture book through May 7th.

For more information and FAQs, please visit this FAQ blog that answers all your questions including technical FAQs on how to “register” for the event:

http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=689

In addition, we have souvenirs available at our Official NAPIBOWRIWEE Souvenir Store, including coffee mugs & travel mugs, journals, T-shirts, and tote/beach bags! Please visit our store here:

http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

You can also read the archives here with previous event Q&As with guest authors and craft writing advice:

http://paulayoo.com/napi/

I will post blogs about 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE in early 2015. Until then, you can follow me on Twitter @paulayoo and also keep up with my news at my REGULAR blog here: http://paulayoo.com/blog

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Until the next NAPIBOWRIWEE… as always… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! :)

May 8, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Wrap Up & Contest Winners! (May 8)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

What time did everyone wake up? Did everyone survive our Sixth Annual National Picture Book Writing Week? :)

How was everyone’s final Day 7? I’d love to hear your comments below. My DAY 7 UPDATE: It was my first truly really free day. No social obligations, no rehearsals, no writing deadlines, no errands. Ironically, I struggled a bit because I think I’ve been so used to writing under a lot of pressure and tight deadlines and very little time. Suddenly, I had all these long leisurely hours to write. Talk about irony! But I finally decided to write a foodie picture book since I’m always posting pictures of my food on social media. It turned out to be a fun book. And then I realized… the voice felt very middle grade to me. So who knows… this may now turn into a chapter book or future MG novel.

As promised, although NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014 is done, I wanted to post a wrap-up blog and announce our contest winners!

NOTE: WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED INDIVIDUALLY BY EMAIL TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS OF PRIZE MAILINGS.

BTW – I wish EVERYONE could win the prizes in this contest. But I hope you STILL feel you won no matter what because you have at least one, if not SEVEN, completed first drafts of picture books that you can submit later for publication. That is the true prize! :)

Next year’s 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2015. So mark your calendars! Until then, you can treat yourself to a souvenir at our store which is open all year round here: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

Keep reading after the break to find out who our contest winners are! :)

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May 7, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Seven – Our Last Day! Let’s Make the Most of It! (May 7)

 

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

WELCOME TO DAY SEVEN!

THIS IS IT, GUYS! Welcome to the 7th and LAST day of NAPIBOWRIWEE! Can you believe we made it?

For those of you who are behind, do NOT panic. You’ve got 24 hours left! And even if you cannot finish 7 picture books in  7 days, I’m still proud of you for sticking with us! Remember, we are ALL winners! :)

Today is NOT the last blog. We have TWO more blogs. The blog schedule for the final days of NAPIBOWRIWEE is below.

UPCOMING BLOG SCHEDULE

May 7, 2014: You are reading our Day Seven blog right now! :)

May 8, 2014: I will post a wrap-up blog with a list of the winners of our giveaway prize contest! Winners will be picked at random for fun prizes – they will include souvenirs from our NAPIBOWRIWEE STORE, autographed books from our Guest Authors (Don Tate, Kelly DiPucchio, Greg Neri, Ken Min, and Erin Eitter Kono) as well as autographed books from ME including my latest book, TWENTY-TWO CENTS: MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK, coming out later this year from LEE & LOW BOOKS! (Stay tuned for a beautiful illustration by Jamel Akib to be posted in this May 8th blog, too!)

May 9, 2014: Announcement blog of our 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE schedule

SPECIAL NOTE: Starting May 10, 2014, please return to my REGULAR blog where I post lots of fun stuff about writing, cats, TV, cats, books, cats, music, cats… :) The link is here: http://paulayoo.com/blog/

(Keep reading after the break about my Day Six update plus some updates for our final day and the upcoming contest…)

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May 6, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Six – Inspirational Diversity Quotes! (May 6)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

WELCOME TO DAY SIX!

Guess what? NAPIBOWRIWEE IS NOT OVER YET! Even though it’s Day Six, it means you still have 48 hours to get those 7 picture book drafts done!

Congrats to those of you who are working on Draft No. 6 and are not fazed at all by this week of intense hard work. I bet your hair looks perfect, too. Obviously I hate you. :) KIDDING. And for those of you still struggling on Book 1, 2, or 3 or are behind, do NOT despair! You’ve got 48 more hours left! A lot can happen! Hang in there! :)

(Keep reading after the break for my Day Five update, some new hi-tech writing recommendations, and some inspirational quotes for this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE theme about Diversity in Kid lit!)

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May 5, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Five – Guest Authors, Part 2 of 2 (May 5)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

WELCOME TO DAY FIVE!!!!!

Can you believe it? By now hopefully you have FOUR FULL COMPLETED FIRST DRAFTS of your picture books! Time to work on Draft No. 5!

And for those of you who have not written a picture book per day – do NOT despair! I’m proud of you for sticking through this and just writing! I don’t care if you’ve written four first drafts or four first sentences LOL! :) I’m just happy that you are writing EVERY SINGLE DAY. That really is the point of my NAPIBOWRIWEE – to encourage everyone to write EVERY SINGLE DAY! That’s how you improve upon your craft. It’s like working out – you gotta exercise every day to be in good health, right? Same thing with your writing! We gotta keep in writerly shape! :)

MY DAY FOUR UPDATE: I finally caught up on my NAPIBOWRIWEE writing today after missing Day Three due to my Southeast Symphony concert on Saturday. So far, I have written a good-night type book (with a kitten of course!), a musical alphabet book, and I finally wrote super horrifically rough drafts of two non-fiction biography topics I’ve been wanting to write about for awhile but never had time. I need to do more research but it helped to get at least the rough bones of it down on paper. So I’m caught up. Day Five? BRING. IT. ON. :)

I’ve noticed on Twitter and Facebook that folks are getting distracted and say it’s hard to keep writing. They want to procrastinate by going online or checking their emails etc. I’ve recommended this in the past, but try this really fun writing app called OMM WRITER. It’s a great way to get your mind focused and “zen” with some cool ambient music and chromotherapy designed color screens that supposedly enhance your creativity. It’s kind of hard to explain so just check out this link: http://www.ommwriter.com

I also downloaded all the ambient music from Omm Writer. I will play it nonstop while writing to get me in a “zen” mood too when I have to use my other writing software (Word and Scrivener). You can find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/typewritten-vol.-1./id404134916

So those are your hi-tech writing tips of the day. :) And now to celebrate DAY FIVE, here’s Part 2 of our special Guest Authors who have graciously agreed to give away personally autographed copies of their books in our annual NAPIBOWRIWEE Random Prize Drawing Contest! Yippee! :)

Remember – if you have signed up to post comments on my blog or have emailed me privately (paula at paulayoo dot com), then you are automatically included in our drawing. For more info, check out our FAQs blog here: http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=689

By the way, I want to add how touched I am by everyone’s kind comments so far. I’m loving everyone’s honest progress reports and how you feel each day and also your reactions to the diversity theme this year. I wish I could reply to every single comment but time constraints forbid that. So please know that I read every single comment and try to answer them when I can. This is such a lovely group of people, many of whom I now know from having done NAPIBOWRIWEE for all six years. And it’s a pleasure to meet the new folks, too. So thank you again for supporting my fun writing event with your hard work and enthusiasm and kind words and thoughtfully written comments. Group hug! :)

(Keep reading after the break to find out who are Guest Authors are!)

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May 4, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Four – Guest Authors, Part 1 of 2 (May 4)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

WELCOME TO DAY FOUR!!!!!

It’s official. We are halfway through NAPIBOWRIWEE! Who’s still here? Are we all surviving? Any burn out? Fatigue? Frustration? Do NOT worry if you are frustrated, burned out or suffering from writer’s block. Because I myself got a little cranky, burned out and had a huge case of writer’s block, too. So there. Feel better? After all, misery loves company. :)

MY DAY THREE UPDATE: FYI I did not get Book 3 done. I had a concert with the Southeast Symphony. The Southeast Symphony was founded in 1948 as the country’s oldest African American orchestra (due unfortunately to segregation back in the day). Today it’s an all-inclusive ensemble with a very talented and diverse roster. I was honored and privileged to be a part of this historic group. (For more information on this group, go here: http://www.southeastsymphony.org) But I have Sunday Funday off  - so trust me, I will plow through and get caught up tomorrow! :)

To inspire everyone to make it through the halfway point, here are some special Guest Authors who have graciously agreed to give away personally autographed copies of their books in our annual NAPIBOWRIWEE Random Prize Drawing Contest! Yippee! :)

Remember – if you have signed up to post comments on my blog or have emailed me privately (paula at paulayoo dot com), then you are automatically included in our drawing. For more info, check out our FAQs blog here: http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=689

(Keep reading after the break to find out who are Guest Authors are!)

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May 3, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Three – Lee & Low Interview, Part 2 of 2 (May 3)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

WELCOME TO DAY THREE!!!!!!

Still having fun? I can tell by all your comments! :) Glad everyone is pushing through these tough but exhilarating 7 days where we attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days.

MY DAY TWO UPDATE: I managed to cobble out another picture book idea in the afternoon. It was music-based because I am also a professional freelance violinist. I also have a concert this weekend with the Southeast Symphony so music was on my brain all day (had a rehearsal Friday night too!). But as I wrote this book, I realized… this could actually be the start of a middle grade novel or chapter book. A few of my picture book drafts from previous NAPIBOWRIWEES have ended up being the basis for longer books. This is why I love doing my NAPIBOWRIWEE event because it helps me in a whole range of genres, not just picture books! :)

Did anyone write a draft today that they thought would be a picture book and realized it may be an early reader/chapter book/or novel? I’m curious to see if anyone’s NAPIBOWRIWEE drafts turned into something longer.

As for Day Three – I have a concert to play with the Southeast Symphony. I don’t know if I’ll have time to write Book 3 because of this schedule conflict. Plus maintaining my NAPIBOWRIWEE blog also takes up a lot time.

Therefore I have allowed myself the opportunity to try and get TWO drafts done on Sunday (Day 4) because of my orchestra conflict on Day 3. Talk about a Sunday Funday. My goal for Day Three will be at least to brainstorm two ideas that I can concentrate writing all day on Sunday. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, here’s Part Two of my interview with LEE & LOW BOOKS. (Part One was posted here: http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=699.) In today’s blog, Hannah Ehrlich, Director of Marketing & Publicity, shares with us statistics about the lack of diversity not only in children’s literature but also in Hollywood AND the New York Times Bestseller List.

Why did LEE & LOW BOOKS expand their research on diversity from children’s literature to other arenas such as the Oscars and the New York Times Bestseller List? It’s because LEE & LOW BOOKS hopes to “… shed light on the systematic challenges facing people of color and women today across many industries.”

For more than twenty years, LEE & LOW BOOKS has published award-winning children’s books that are “about everyone, for everyone.” The company is committed to fostering conversations about race, gender, and diversity in publishing and beyond. For more information, visit leeandlow.com.

(Keep reading after the break for the Diversity Gap statistics!)

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May 2, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day Two – Lee & Low Books Interview, Part 1 of 2 (May 2)

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo and use the hashtag #NAPIBOWRIWEE)

WELCOME TO DAY TWO OF NAPIBOWRIWEE!!!!

A lot of folks posted in my Day One blog that they wrote and completed their first draft! YAY! Congrats! But remember – pace yourself! We still have six days left. :)

MY DAY ONE UPDATE: I barely finished my Book #1 in time! Unlike previous years, I usually at least have 7 ideas or some research done before NAPIBOWRIWEE begins. Because I’ve been so busy this year, I didn’t have time to prep. So I’m just flying by the seat of pants and getting whatever I can done off the top of my head. :) LOL! Let’s see how this goes!

My week was busy with other writing deadlines for my next picture book coming out plus some orchestra rehearsals (for those of you who don’t know, I’m also a violinist). So I decided my Day One book would be very short and for super young children. For fun, I bought this poetry app that a lot of people have given good reviews to on my new iPad (birthday present!).

It’s called the POET’S PAD. Here’s the link and a screenshot below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/poets-pad/id385127840?mt=8

Poet's Pad iPad app from Paragoni, LLC

Poet’s Pad iPad app from Paragoni, LLC

It has a huge 70,000 word rhyming dictionary, a recording device (designed for spoken word artists and if you want to hear your poem out loud), and other great features.

So I wrote my Book No. 1 with this iPad app! Yay! It was SUPER short. But at least it had a beginning, middle and end. I really love those good-night lullaby poem books so it was my attempt at one.

BTW… If you are writing any poetry for NAPIBOWRIWEE, check out this helpful article on other fun poetry apps:

http://appadvice.com/applists/show/apps-for-poets

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2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE THEME: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN”S LITERATURE

As I mentioned before, this year’s theme for NAPIBOWRIWEE is multiculturalism in children’s books. I’ll be featuring some interviews with authors and a list I compiled of some great multicultural books that should be in every school library and home.

In fact, coincidentally, a viral social media campaign was launched for May 1-3, 2014 called “WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS.” For May 1-3, people are posting photos with the tagline “We need diverse books because…” and it’s getting posted on Twitter (#WeNeedDiverseBooks) and at this blog: http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com

For more information on this viral social media awareness campaign, read this PUBLISHERS WEEKLY article on it:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/62094-diversity-social-media-campaign-goes-viral.html

Here’s my picture that I posted (any excuse to take photos of my cats! LOL!). (Beethoven and Charlotte pictured below. Oreo was napping somewhere.)

For the #WeNeedDiverseBooks May 1-3, 2014 Social Media Awareness Campaign (http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com)

For the #WeNeedDiverseBooks May 1-3, 2014 Social Media Awareness Campaign (http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com)

In the meantime, for Day Two, here’s Part One of a Two-Part interview with LEE & LOW BOOKS.  For more than twenty years, LEE & LOW BOOKS has published award-winning children’s books that are “about everyone, for everyone.” The company is committed to fostering conversations about race, gender, and diversity in publishing and beyond. For more information, visit leeandlow.com.

(Keep reading after the break for our Q&A with LEE & LOW BOOKS!)

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May 1, 2014

NAPIBOWRIWEE 2014: Day One Begins! (May 1)

 

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

(NOTE: For this entire week, I will post a new blog every day by 6 AM PST here. So check back daily! Also – I will post fun Tweets live each day! Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo)

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WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF NAPIBOWRIWEE!!!!

I can’t believe I’ve been hosting this event every year since 2009. This year marks our SIXTH YEAR together where we attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days!

I started NAPIBOWRIWEE as a fun way to promote my own children’s picture books. I’m so proud and thrilled that this event has gone viral and is a favorite annual event for many veteran published authors as well as aspiring novice writers.

I do have a new children’s picture book being published by LEE & LOW BOOKS this year. It’s called TWENTY-TWO CENTS: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK (about 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus). I’ll be including some autographed copies of this book as part of the prizes given out at the end of our event.

IMPORTANT: All your questions about how to participate, the history of NAPIBOWRIWEE, the technical computer website questions, info about our prize contest etc. are ALL answered here in my FAQs blog listed below…

NAPIBOWRIWEE FAQs BLOG: http://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=689

And our NAPIBOWRIWEE SOUVENIR STORE is here: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

Also – PLEASE COMMENT on this blog to let me know how your DAY ONE goes. This is a community blog where I encourage participants to post about their writing progress every day on my blog. I look forward to hearing how you do!

(Keep reading after the break for more info on this year’s theme for NaPiBoWriWee and other updates!)

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April 1, 2014

30 Day Countdown to 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE & FAQs!

Filed under: NaPiBoWriWee — paulayoo @ 6:00 am
The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

The next NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014

It’s official! We have 30 days until my sixth annual NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK (AKA “NaPiBoWriWee”) begins on May 1, 2014!

I started NAPIBOWRIWEE as a fun way to promote my own children’s picture books. I’m so proud and thrilled that this event has gone viral and is a favorite annual event for many veteran published authors as well as aspiring novice writers.

I do have a new children’s picture book being published by LEE & LOW BOOKS this year. It’s called 22 CENTS: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS AND THE VILLAGE BANK (about Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus). I’ll be including some autographed copies of this book as part of the prizes given out at the end of our event. (We have a fun random prize drawing for souvenirs and signed books that everyone is eligible for!)

I’ve posted our official FAQs for our 2014 event in today’s blog.

Also, some quick reminders:

1. NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2014.

1. Our NaPiBoWriWee Store is open so you can purchase your souvenirs! Journals, coffee and travel mugs, T-shirts and tote bags galore! Go here: http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

2. You are allowed to brainstorm ideas, outline them, research and take notes. But NO WRITING. You will write and FINISH your picture book first drafts from May 1-7, 2014.

3. From May 1 to May 7, 2014, I will post daily inspirational blogs and Q&As with special guest authors and industry folks. This year’s theme will focus on multicultural children’s literature (although your picture book drafts do NOT have to be multicultural, I want to explore this important topic for this year’s event).

4. Follow me on Twitter @paulayoo for further updates.

Please keep reading after the jump for this year’s official 2014 NAPIBOWRIWEE FAQs on how to participate in our event…

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