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NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day Two – Bedtime Blog!

“I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.” (Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, April 2003) Good evening, my NaPiBoWriWee soldiers! I know everyone battled Sophomore Slump today. You all celebrated too soon with the first victory of Day One. And then on Day 2, you faced insurmountable obstacles, such as… (Keep reading after the jump to find out what those insurmountable obstacles were…)

NaPiBoWriWee Day Two: Guest Author Blog – Ken Min

Meet 2011 NaPiBoWriWee Guest Artist Ken Min! Welcome KEN MIN, our guest author/illustrator for 2011 NaPiBoWriWee Day Two! Ken Min studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design and has worked as a storyboard artist for animation and various commercial houses. He has been recognized for his portfolio work at various SCBWI regional events and was runner up in the portfolio display at the 2008 National Conference in Los Angeles. He recently illustrated the title HOT HOT ROTI for Lee & Low Books. For more information on Ken, please visit his… Read more NaPiBoWriWee Day Two: Guest Author Blog – Ken Min

NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day Two – Good Morning!

Good morning! Welcome to Day Two of the 2011 National Picture Book Writing Event extravaganza! Can you believe you survived Day One? Can you believe that you actually wrote AN ENTIRE PICTURE BOOK DRAFT? (And for those of you that didn’t finish, don’t despair! We still celebrate your amazing efforts! Keep going and don’t lose the faith! :)) Yesterday, I wrote about “vomit drafts” and cited some inspirational passages from Ann Lamott’s famous BIRD BY BIRD writing how-to memoir. Today, we’re going to talk about PLOT! Ah ha… the plot… Read more NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day Two – Good Morning!

NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day One – Bedtime Blog!

Wow. Day One of the 2011 National Picture Book Writing Week (aka “NaPiBoWriWee”) is almost over. I feel as exhausted as my cat Oreo (pictured above). And yes, I am a Crazy Cat Lady, so maybe I’ll just post a new sleeping position photo of my cats for each Bedtime Blog. LOL! 🙂 As a reminder – here is the blog schedule: 9 AM (PST) – Good Morning blog posted with writing advice and questions 12 PM (PST) – Guest Author Lunchtime blog posted with Q&A 11 PM (PST) –… Read more NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day One – Bedtime Blog!

NaPiBoWriWee Day One: Guest Author Blog – Erin Eitter Kono

Welcome to ERIN EITTER KONO, our guest author/illustrator for 2011 NaPiBoWriWee Day One! Erin is an award winning author and illustrator.  She studied Art History at the University of Iowa and the University of Hull in England, and she studied Graphic Design and Writing through UCLA Extension in Westwood, CA. For more info on Erin Eitter Kono, please check out her website here: http://www.eekono-illustration.com/ Erin graciously agreed to provide an autographed copy of her first written AND illustrated picture book, HULA LULLABY (Little & Brown ’05) for our prize drawing at the… Read more NaPiBoWriWee Day One: Guest Author Blog – Erin Eitter Kono

NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day One – Good Morning!

Welcome everyone to Day One of the third annual National Picture Book Writing Week (aka “NaPiBoWriWee”)! And congratulations to our participants in the UK and Australia for having already had a headstart on Day One thanks to the time difference! 🙂 Just a brief blog to explain how I’ll be working this year’s NaPiBoWriWee. Basically, I will post at least 3 (if not more) live blogs each day. They will include the following: GOOD MORNING BLOG – I’ll post a morning blog (like this one) with some inspirational writing advice… Read more NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day One – Good Morning!

Your Writing Book Library

The Big Day is just around the corner! Day 1 of the third annual National Picture Book Writing Week (aka “NaPiBoWriWee”) begins at midnight on Sunday May 1, 2011! So in anticipation of our grueling – but FUN – event where we will attempt to write 7 picture books in 7 days, below is a list of fantastic writing books that I have either studied or taught in my children’s writing class at UCLA Extension’s Writers Program. I hope this list of books inspires you to write, write, write! 🙂… Read more Your Writing Book Library

NaPiBoWriWee Flashback Post 5-5-09

Hello NaPiBoWriWee-ers! 🙂 As per your requests, here are some “Flashback” posts from previous National Picture Book Writing Weeks that you may have missed. One of our special guest authors who will be doing a Q&A with me for this year’s event wrote a lovely poem in honor of NaPiBoWriWee back in 2009. That author was prolific picture book author Lisa Wheeler (http://lisawheelerbooks.com). Keep reading to see her poem and take a trip back in time for a NaPiBoWriWee Flashback Post from May 5, 2009…

NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Special Guest Author/Illustrator Line-Up!

Just a quick blog to say I’m lining up some AMAZING special guest children’s book authors & illustrators who have generously offered to answer some Q&A’s with me about the creative process behind writing and illustrating children’s picture books. Their autographed books will be among the prizes at our NaPiBoWriWee Prize Random Drawing Giveaway Contest! (Please contact me if you would like to be part of the drawing via the CONTACT link on this website.) The lineup for the 2011 NaPiBoWriWee event include the fine folks below. ERIN EITTER KONO –… Read more NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Special Guest Author/Illustrator Line-Up!

Welcome to National Picture Book Writing Week May 1-7, 2011!

Welcome to Paula Yoo’s third annual National Picture Book Writing Week (aka “NaPiBoWriWee”)! This year’s NaPiBoWriWee event officially begins at midnight on Sunday May 1, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday May 7, 2011. For all things NaPiBoWriWee, please visit this NaPiBoWriWee-centric blog daily for updated live blogging, writing advice and encouragement, and interviews with special guest published picture book authors. Today’s blog is a list of all the information you will need to know how to participate in this year’s event. In a nutshell – just write… Read more Welcome to National Picture Book Writing Week May 1-7, 2011!