You’ve heard about NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month, when novelists buckle down and write like crazy to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Some of you have even heard about Script Frenzy—where writers give up frolicking in April’s spring showers to write a script.
But have you heard of NaPiBoWriWee? National Picture Book Writing Week, held May 1-7, was created by novelist Paula Yoo in 2009 to encourage children’s book writers to write. During the week-long event, writers write a picture book a day.
I have long loved the idea of writing books fast. The write-a-thon—whether you do it in April for Script Frenzy or on your own—gets writers to do what all writers must do to be successful: put their butts in the chair and write. If you’re interested in writing books for children, NaPiBoWriWee might be a good way to jumpstart your writing career. Any kind of external deadline—even the false ones created by a write-a-thon—can help you finish a writing project.
But don’t be tied to the format. If you don’t write picture books, use next week to blog, write a poem, or draft a chapter of your novel each day. Make the week work for you.
So are you in? Post your goal below. I’d love to hear what you will be writing about next week.