Picture Book Writer

Picture Book Writer

Friday, July 11, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo


Camp NaNoWriMo is in full swing!

For those of you familiar with NaNoWriMo, you know it usually takes place in November. Participants take on that no small feat of writing a novel...IN A MONTH. They are able to track their progress, get encouragement, and (most importantly) join fellow writers of all kinds and become one with the writing community. Om......

photo source: MyCuppaYoga

If you're more of a picture book writer, like myself, don't feel left out. Why not still join?

50,000 words just ain't our thing. We take days, weeks, months to get our big little ideas down on paper. We agonize over every word. Pry, squeeze, wrench them out. We rejoice when we get 100-200 of them.

Don't forget that brevity is our friend! Hold your head high. Count every hour of work and revision as 1000 words if you like. Whatever helps get those words down...DO IT. Even if it means pulling an odd trick out of the bag and diving into uncharted territory. Use every tool possible.

Right now, I'm roasting s'mores and sitting around the campfire with fellow campers. Star-gazing. Maybe I'll even work up the courage to tell a story of my own. Care to join?


Let us go forth, 
the tellers of tales, 
and seize whatever prey 
the heart long for,
and have no fear.

Everything exists, 
everything is true,
and the earth is only
a little dust under our feet.

-W.B.Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore


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