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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: https://paulayoo.com/blog/
(Keep reading after the break about my Day Six update plus some updates for our final day and the upcoming contest…)
MY DAY SIX UPDATE: I write long non-fiction picture books for LEE & LOW BOOKS. My books are biographies with a ton of text. They’re quite long – 1700 words and longer. So another reason I started NAPIBOWRIWEE was to see if I could try and write different types of picture books. Poetry picture books. Super short books for younger readers. And so on. So today, I wanted to do a WORDLESS picture book. This is where SCAPPLE, the new software I was experimenting with, turned out to be a lot of fun! 🙂
It’s basically like having a notebook on your computer. Instead of me doodling and clustering ideas on a legal pad, I can do it on my computer and then save it to my SCRIVENER file. So I really enjoyed doing this! Did anyone else try it?
I now need to research how wordless picture books are “written” but I wrote mine with just descriptions of what I wanted to happen. It was a fun experiment. I hope everyone has had fun with their drafts, too. NAPIBOWRIWEE is a way to experiment with different styles of writing, too!
Because it’s the final day of NAPIBOWRIWEE, I’m going to keep this blog on the short side because I know everyone’s panicking and wants to get writing as soon as possible. So some housecleaning reminders…
1. If you have already emailed me or signed up to post comments on this blog, you are automatically included for our Prize Random Drawing Contest. I will be putting everyone’s names into a hat and picking winners at random. Winners will receive a complimentary souvenir from our STORE (coffee and travel mugs, tote bags, journals, and T-shirts).
2. The contest winners will be announced on MAY 8, 2014. So please come back tomorrow to find out if you won!
3. Next year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE will take place May 1-7, 2015. Mark your calendars!
4. Our NAPIBOWRIWEE Souvenir Store is open all year round for your shopping needs here:
This whole week, I’ve been posting interviews and statistics on diversity in children’s books and throughout the media. I hope our guest authors and their thoughts plus statistics and thoughts from my publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS helped enlighten everyone on how important diversity is in children’s literature.
Another reason I wanted to focus on DIVERSITY and MULTICULTURALISM as themes for NAPIBOWRIWEE this year is because I’m actually TIRED of reading “Woe is children’s literature for its lack of diversity” blogs and articles.
Because there are already so many books out there that DO celebrate and focus on diversity! From my friends’ books to mine and so many more! Please find them in your public library, in your schools and at your local bookstores. Celebrate the books that DO exist and share them with your young readers.
DEMAND that more diversity be included in future books. We have to be pro-active in promoting and encouraging more diverse voices and characters and stories in children’s literature.
Finally, this is our last day so please make the MOST of it. I know a lot of you are tired and burned out or even suffering writer’s block. But hang in there. To inspire you, I would like all of you to take FIVE minutes of your day to treat yourself to something special – a favorite cookie or treat at your local bakery, a favorite coffee or tea concoction at your local coffeehouse, or just meditate for five minutes, or put on your favorite song on your stereo and dance for five minutes ! 🙂 Remember, this is hard work but it also should be FUN! So celebrate how hard you worked this week. I am SO proud of you that I’m going to BURST with happiness! 🙂
As always, please comment below on how your Day Seven went.
I will post tomorrow’s contest winners and some wrap-up thoughts for tomorrow’s May 8th blog. Until then, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂