NaPiBoWriWee 2012: Author/Illustrator Q&A Links

National Picture Book Writing Week is this May 1-7, 2012!

Welcome to another Pre-NaPiBoWriWee 2012 blog!

For information on our 4th annual National Picture Book Writing Week event, please read last week’s blog here that has all the rules and basic info:

NaPiBoWriWee 2012 takes place this May 1-7, 2012. Please comment on my blogs or email me to have your name included in our prize contest drawing at the end of the event. Good luck writing 7 picture books in 7 days! This should be a fun event!

This week’s blog is to inspire you with links of previous Q&A interviews I did with published children’s book authors and illustrators for our 2011 NaPiBoWriWee. I hope their stories and writing advice inspire you to prepare and get ready for this year’s event!

NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Q&A Author/Illustrator Interview Blog Links:













Until our May 1-7, 2012 NaPiBoWriWee writing marathon, you are allowed to take notes, do research, and write outlines of your picture books. You are welcome to share your thoughts/questions/comments in this blog as well. How are you preparing for this year’s NaPiBoWriWee?

The official blogs for the 2012 National Picture Book Writing Week begin at midnight on Tuesday May 1, 2012. Until then… Happy Writing! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂


    • That’s awesome you teach kindergarten ClaireAnnette. I am a K-12 substitute teacher, so I agree – students and classrooms can inspire some great ideas! Good luck!

  1. I am so excited to take part in the 2012 NaPiBoWriWee. I am a complete newbie, so to prepare, I’m going to read all the posts/ interviews from last year. I’ll also be spending the weekend scouring my house for those scraps of paper with ideas written in the middle of the night, in waiting rooms, and at the bus stop. I would like to know what your idea of a NaPiBoWriWee manuscript looks like. I’m sure it’s rough, but how rough is considered reaching the goal?

    • Hi BookishAmbition! Glad you are prepared for the event. To answer your question, I would say the rough draft should at least have full sentences. I think as long as the draft doesn’t read like an outline, you should be okay. (For example, a sentence like “The cat will either chase a ball here or bite the dog’s tail” is more of an outline suggestion than an actual draft. In a draft, you have to make a choice as to what your characters do, so go for it and have the cat chase the ball for now and you can always revise it later. I hope this makes sense. 🙂

  2. This is going to be awesome! Coming fresh off of National Poetry Month and a crazy shelf challenge ( Looking forward to centering in on my manuscript writing along with lots and lots of others doing the same.

  3. Hi all! I’ve been prepping plots for days now – but this is my first ‘official’ post on joining. Super excited for this challenge. Thank you, Paula, for the opportunity!

  4. I’m a bit behind between adopting a puppy a week ago and lots of family illnesses, but I’ve always loved NaPiBoWriWee, and can’t wait to see all the new picture books I’ll write this year.

    Thanks so much for putting this together for us, Paula!

    • Sorry to hear about the illnesses but happy to hear about the future adoption. Maybe a picture book this year about the puppy? 🙂

  5. Am a newbie to this. Had heard of NaPiBoldMo, but not this. VERY COOL. I have lots of new ideas now that I just completed tons of revisions on my last PB, so although I am getting an ‘all-of-sudden’ start tomorrow, I am excited to see what blooms. Thanks, Paula.

  6. Aloha!
    I’m ready for another great NaPiBoWriWee.
    I am writing according to one publisher’s guidelines in order to give me more focus.

  7. I just found this and I think I’m going to go for it. I haven’t written a picture book so I’m just hoping to get through a few this week.

    Good luck everyone.

  8. I’m in and can’t wait. Debating whether or not to stay up until midnight tonight to ring in the NaPiBoWriWee. Maybe I’ll just close my eyes and think of ideas until midnight. I’m sure that will work.

  9. This feels like divine inspiration to me as I’ve had a picture book idea in my heart for over a year that I need to get on paper! Just to have it written will be a great personal joy and accomplishment, whether or not anything further comes of it. Thank you so much!

    • YES JULIE! This is what I LOVE to hear. Get that idea down on PAPER. You never know what it might lead to next. Please keep us posted on your writing adventure!

  10. Hi! Wow! So excited to see everyone’s comments! Congrats to those of you who finished Day One already! It’s around 4:30 PM and I just got home from work. Going to spend the next few hours writing and will report back on my progress. I will also post the Day Two blog on Tuesday May 2nd by 8 AM PST. Off to my NaPiBoWriWee bat cave. Be back soon! Thanks again everyone for your awesome comments! cheers, Paula 🙂

  11. Hello Fellow Picture Book Writers!
    Since Tuesday, I have three, very rough, picture books done! Yippee!
    It is refreshing to get new thoughts and ideas onto the page instead of constantly rewriting and editing old ones!
    Thanks Paula, for the challenge!

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