Welcome to NAPIBOWRIWEE 2.0 – A New Website!

My cat Oreo also participates in NAPIBOWRIWEE! :)
My cat Oreo also participates in NAPIBOWRIWEE! πŸ™‚

Welcome to the NEW website for my annual National Picture Book Writing Week, AKA “NAPIBOWRIWEE”! Official link: https://napibowriwee.com

This is the new home for those of you who participate in my annual NAPIBOWRIWEE event. Please follow me on Twitter @paulayoo for updates. You can also join our Facebook group, too. This year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE will be May 1-7, 2016 with lots of fun writing advice blogs plus Q&A’s with some special guests. Keep visiting this website and my Twitter for future details!

The original NAPIBOWRIWEE site was at my own author website, http://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/ Β This link will now serve as an ARCHIVE for the past 2009 to 2015 NAPIBOWRIWEE events. From now on, all future NAPIBOWRIWEE events, starting with May 1-7, 2016 will be at THIS WEBSITE ONLY.

What is National Picture Book Writing Week? Well, it was started back in 2009 by yours truly as a fun way to inspire myself to stop procrastinating. I challenged myself to write 7 picture books in 7 days. The goal was simply to write rough first COMPLETED drafts of several story ideas I had been kicking around but had procrastinated on actuallyΒ writing them. I was inspired by the famous National Novel Writing Month “NaNoWriMo” event (http://nanowrimo.org), and so I decided to do my picture book version of it!Β I invited everyone to join me on my challenge. To my surprise, the first year of “NAPIBOWRIWEE” went viral immediately.Β Hundreds of people from all over the country and the world (from as far away as Australia, France, Hong Kong and Egypt!) participated.

As a result, for the past 7 years, every May 1-7, we celebrate the art and craft of picture book writing by challenging ourselves to write 7 full first drafts of books 7 days in a row. Of course it takes much longer than ONE day to write a picture book – I personally consider picture books to be the Β most challenging of all children’s book genres. The actual point of this event is just to combat procrastination. Anyone can come up with an idea for a picture book. But not everyone can actually FINISH a picture book draft. At the end of the week, hopefully everyone has 7 full first rough drafts that they can then revise over the rest of the year until at least one of these drafts ends up becoming a solid book.

Until May 1, 2016, you are welcome to brainstorm picture book ideas and even outline or take notes/research on your book ideas. But NO WRITING. The only first draft writing you are allowed to do is from May 1-7, 2016!

Unlike my old website, you do NOT have to register to comment on this blog. You can just comment away! πŸ™‚ It’s all pretty user friendly. If you have specific questions, please use the CONTACT page to reach me. I will do my best to help answer your questions.

For those of you who have never participated before, the “rules” of NAPIBOWRIWEE are simple. You just write every day! And then post comments on each daily blog with details of how your day went! I will collect everyone’s names via the comments section and choose winners at random in a contest drawing. Winners will receive signed books from ME as well as guest authors plus fun souvenirs from our official NAPIBOWRIWEE store!

You do NOT have to submit your manuscripts to me! I don’t want to read anything, I’m too busy! LOL! Instead, we go by the honor system. I believe you. And don’t feel badly if you cannot finish 7 picture books in 7 days… I am happy if you just TRY! I myself have not finished all 7 books in 7 days in certain years past, so we’re all in this together! πŸ™‚

Until NAPIBOWRIWEE begins in May, you are welcome to stop by our official NAPIBOWRIWEE souvenir store! We have coffee mugs, travel mugs, tote bags, mouse pads, journals, and buttons! The store link is:Β http://www.cafepress.com/paulayoonapibowriweeclassic

So stay tuned for more details about our special guests for this year’s NAPIBOWRIWEE. Until then, you can read the archived blogs from 2009-15 by clicking on the ARCHIVE tab on my home page or go directly here: Β http://paulayoo.com/category/napibo/

Please follow me on Twitter @paulayoo for more breaking news. I will continue to post updated blogs with more information throughout the spring as we get closer to May 1-7, 2016.

Until the next blog… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! πŸ™‚


  1. Glad that I can continue to participate. This is a real boon to my picture book creativity. Keep it up. Thanks.

    • Thanks Nina! Welcome back! I’m excited by our new website. Things will be a lot easier on this separate site with the new comment system, too. πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend! xo P.

  2. I’ve read your Sixteen Years in sixteen seconds book and I could see it in a movie. You write beautifully! I tried your contact page but won’t let me. It’s asking for some encrypted letters and I did but it didn’t work. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I will sure join the May-1-7 event this year. More power to you. Thanks.

    • Hi Alicia. Thank you for your kind comment. FYI the email now works – you did not do anything wrong, we had a technical glitch and you caught it! So THANK YOU! πŸ™‚ Try the contact page again, it should work now. Look forward to you participating later this spring!

  3. I’m looking forward to hopping on board this new adventure! I’ve been illustrating for about a year now for other authors and keep setting aside my own ideas of children’s books I’d like to write/illustrate. Ooober excited to be a part of this. πŸ™‚

    • Welcome! No need to sign up. Just posting comments on my blogs for May 1-7 is all you need to do! πŸ™‚

  4. Greetings,

    I just found your website and I would love to participate in the 2016 NaPiBowWriWee. How do I sign up?


    • Hi Tori! There’s no official sign up. You just participate by posting comments in each blog. I keep track of everyone’s names on a big list and then at the end of the event, I pick your names out of a hat for fun prizes! Welcome aboard! More information blogs coming soon!

  5. Hi Paula,

    I’ve bought my yearly ideas journal and have marked my calendar. I love this week. I just can’t tell you how much I love and look forward to it. See you May 1st. πŸ™‚


    Quick question—–I’ve been doing a little bit of short children’s poems—–is this acceptable for the week? Not for everyday, but maybe one or two days.

    • Hi Holly! Yay! To answer your question – YES. POEMS ARE ACCEPTED. Many picture book texts sell based on short poems. I do them myself. Go for it! πŸ™‚

  6. I am a procrastinator too. I have incredible ideas from the late, fall event (PiBoIdMo). I will attempt to jump on my notebooks with those ideas and get going on first draft writing with NaPiBoWriWee. Reading the new blogs will pump me up to write, write, write. Thank you, Paula Yoo for organizing this event.

  7. My friend just called my attention to this. I was just telling my Mom earlier today about 3 ideas I have and how I can’t wait to start 1 after I finish the one I’m on. Guess I’ll start NOW! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m looking forward to participating as a newcomer. Day one manuscript one is in the bag πŸ™‚