It’s National Picture Book Writing Week — the 2013 edition

May 1, 2013 by

The 5th annual National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) is underway! What better way to make up for my absence than return to dive right into making 7 picture book drafts in 7 days? Sounds like just the challenge and discipline I need right now.

Multi-faceted author Paula Yoo came up with the idea for us picture book creators languishing without a writing challenge like the established National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The aim? To work on 7 picture book drafts that you can polish later and try to convert at least one into a submittable manuscript. What she is definitely NOT implying is that picture books are easy to write, and that you can effortlessly create 7 of them in 7 days. Anyone who has tried knows that the very idea is ludicrous. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the staggering amount of work that goes behind something that appears so ‘simple’.

What I especially like about this year’s edition is the theme — the future of the picture book. Right now I’m also eager to experiment with new digital formats because there are so many possibilities to be creative with the form. Fittingly, Paula is working that into the challenge, so I’m all the more excited.

Tired of sitting around in a lonely, maddening creator’s hell? From May 1st to the 7th you’ll have a whole host of people to keep you company too. Really, what are you waiting for? Be sure to sign up and get started. If you’re active on Twitter, so is Paula. You can also use or follow the hashtag #NaPiBoWriWee  to see how everyone is doing, and join the conversation.

And if you enjoy it enough, I say we ask Paula to make it a month-long project the next time 😀

Happy creating!


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