|Y is for Yoo*|
Be prepared. National Picture Book Writing Week is nearly upon us, thanks to the talented Paula Yoo.
Are you ready for the week-long writing event?
There are still a few days to get organized.
Here are some ways make your week a success:
- Pre-post a few key posts for your blog, or put aside your regular schedule and blog (briefly) about your progress.
- Buy lots of Hot Pockets and Ramen noodles.
- Read picture books. Paula's fabulous Shining Star, the Anna May Wong Story or Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, the Sammy Lee Story are great books to start with.
|Illustrated by Lin Wang|
|Illustrated by Dom Lee|
- Find seven story seeds now. Grow those seeds into ideas May first through the seventh. This is the week to put in the sweat equity.
- Don't panic if you don't have fleshed-out ideas, pick great endings or great beginnings. Scour your PiBoIdMo Journal. Work toward that great beginning, or find a happy ending before the day is finished.
- Allow yourself a wretched first draft. That's all you are working toward each day.
- Start early in the morning. Try to get a draft on paper. If it flows, great, if one or more parts are a little fuzzy, rewrite. If that does't bring a part into focus, do the dishes, bake cookies, or mow the lawn.
- If all else fails, free write and see what happens.
|As Paula would say,|
"Write like you mean it!"
Here's a pudding cookie recipe from Chef in Training for you to try. I hope it gets the creative juices flowing.
NaPiBoWriWee logo courtesy Sandy Tanaka