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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!)
MY DAY FIVE UPDATE: My Day 5 was off to an early start because I had to drop my three cats (Oreo, Beethoven & Charlotte) off at the vets. I posted a funny picture of them on Oreo’s Twitter account (@oreothecatyoo) and then suddenly had an inspiration for today’s Day 5 picture book. Cats at the vet! 🙂 So yay! Day 5 was much smoother than Days 1-4. I think Days 1-4 were a bit too stressful for me because I had an orchestra gig with two rehearsals May 1, 2, 3 and I have to maintain this blog and the comments section as well as deal with social media. So my plate was too full. Now it’s back to a much more manageable portion, so I think Days 6 & 7 will go smoothly as well. It’s almost as if these are MY Days 1, 2, and 3 that I’m making up for! 🙂 (PS. Unfortunately when I picked up my cats at the vet later in the day, it turns out that although they are all in good healthy, they gained weight. Oreo went from 17.0 to 17.9 pounds, Charlotte from 8.0 to 8.9 pounds, and poor Beethoven went from 12.9 to 14 pounds! I totally spoiled them!)
And now for today’s Hi-Tech Tip: All week, I’ve been recommending some writing apps for your computer and iPad and smart phones as ways to spark your creativity. So today I wanted to recommend something new! I’ve written about SCRIVENER writing software in the past – I swear by Scrivener. I love Scrivener. If I could marry Scrivener, I would. LOL! 🙂 Scrivener is this fantastic multi-platform writing software that I now use to write all my novels and picture books. To find out more, go here: http://www.literatureandlatte.com
Now Scrivener has a new software program that I am curious to try. I am downloading it for my Day 6 and will report back on it in tomorrow’s blog. I’m curious if anyone else has used this program. It’s called SCAPPLE.
Scrivener describes SCAPPLE as: “Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It isn’t exactly mind-mapping software—it’s more like a freeform text editor that allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows. If you’ve ever scribbled down ideas all over a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts, then you already know what Scapple does.”
I know today in a lot of schools they are teaching students how to do “cluster” thinking for essay writing. I was not taught “cluster” writing/brainstorming when I was in school. It seems to be a more contemporary educational method in our schools today. So I have a feeling it might be hard for me to wrap my brain around SCAPPLE compared to younger people who were raised on “clustering” methods. I’ll report back tomorrow with how my SCAPPLE adventure went.
For more info on SCRAPPLE, go here: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php
DAY SIX & DIVERSITY IN KID LIT: And now to celebrate DAY SIX, here are some wonderful quotes on diversity to celebrate this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE theme of diversity and multiculturalism in children’s literature. Special thanks again to Hannah Ehrlich of LEE AND LOW BOOKS and picture book authors and illustrators Don Tate, Kelly DiPucchio, Greg Neri, Ken Min, and Erin Eitter Kono! Their books (as well as mine) will be autographed and available as prizes for our random prize contest drawing!
Here are some quotes on diversity that I hope will inspire you on Day No. 6 of NAPIBOWRIWEE!
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
― Maya Angelou
“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. [Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]”
― John F. Kennedy
“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”
― Gene Roddenberry
“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”
― Carlos Fuentes
Do you have any favorite writing quotes that inspire you? Any in particular about diversity, too? Please post them in the COMMENTS section and share with us! 🙂 Thanks!
I hope you are inspired! Remember, you do NOT have to write a multicultural themed book for your NAPIBOWRIWEE drafts. But if you are curious to try, go for it! I am just using my annual writing event to encourage both veteran published and novice aspiring writers to remember that diversity is a huge issue right now in children’s literature and will continue to be in the future. Whatever you write, whoever you write about, always remember – write from the heart and keep your themes universal so ALL children can relate to your voice.
Hugs and I hope everyone has a fantastic Day Six! Please comment below on how your Day Six went!
REMINDER: 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. Winners will be announced in a special blog on May 8, 2014. For more info, check out our FAQs blog here: https://paulayoo.com/napi/?p=689
Until tomorrow, remember… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂