Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reflections: A-Z and NaPiBoWriWee

The A-Z Blogging Challenge was certainly a challenge for me, but it was one that I enjoyed.  I chose to write a post each day about a different picture book author.  I had a fabulous time learning about picture those authors and seeing the variety of books they produced.  I learned that many of my favorite authors write and illustrate their own books--I may have to write a post just about this in the future!  I loved reading advice and interviews from my authors and choosing little nuggets of wisdom to include in my posts.  And I learned that there are more than enough picture book authors for me to use this exact theme again next year!  Next year, I would also like to write more of the posts in advance so that I have more time to visit other blogs during April.

I especially enjoyed meeting so many other bloggers with interests in children's literature.  There are a lot of very talented and supportive writers in the "blogosphere!"  The organizers of the A-Z Challenge are truly amazing and each deserve a huge award.

After spending a month learning about writing picture books, it seemed appropriate to write some of my own.  So, this week I am joining Paula Yoo in the NaPiBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week) project.  The goal is to write seven picture books in seven days (May 1-7).

Today is May 4th and I have actually created three and a half picture books, though I have only written down two of them.  I've spent a lot of time during the last few days snuggling a sick baby so he can sleep--what better to do while I'm awake holding a sleeping baby than invent children's stories?  He is sleeping by himself now, though, so I will end this "reflections" page with a quote and finish typing my stories.

 Agatha Christie: The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.


Laura Marcella said...

That's a really cool idea. Good luck with NaPiBoWriWee, Carla! Your A to Z theme was really great. I enjoyed learning about new picture book authors, too.

Hope your little baby feels better soon!

Carla said...

Thanks, Laura! The little guy is sleeping by himself now, so things are looker brighter here. :)


D. U. Okonkwo said...

I really enjoyed the A to Z challenge. Although I didn't take part in writing the posts, I enjoyed reading what everyone came up with. I learned loads :o)

Abd it seems like you're on a role with the picture books! Good on you. Keep at it.

Jansen Family said...

I learned a ton too, DU. And I really enjoyed meeting new people. That may have actually been my favorite part!


Anonymous said...

It was fun to read the A-Z posts.

Good luck with the picture book writing.

Carla said...

Thanks, Medeia! I finished the picture books last night and am excited to start working on revising/editing/preparing some for submissions!


Rachel Morgan said...

NaPiBoWriWee??? Now there's a mouthful!

And I tagged you in a game of tag :-)

xx R

Rachel Morgan said...

Cool, let me know when you do your post so I can come read your answers :-)

Madeleine said...

Oh wow that sounds like a fun challenge. Good for you! Glad I found you. :O)

Carla said...

lol, Rachel! I always post on Wednesdays, but some Wednesdays it gets later than others!

Madeleine, It was really fun, in so many ways! I'm glad you came by too! I love your blog and "tagged" it today!


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