This year’s (Inter)National Picture Book Writing Week has been a real challenge. As a family, our lives have been rich and full – with little time for writing picture books. I knew this when I made my scrambled start – but wanted to give it my best shot, because truly, #NaPiBoWriWee was such a worthwhile writing excercise for me in 2010.
With one day, one story to go, I’m glad I jumped on board. It has been tough, and my stories are much rougher than those I produced last year – but I can see good stuff in all of them. I’m a bit of a perfectionist writer – polishing as I go, but this year I’ve had to let go more and just get it down. (Though there was one day where I had a 90min drive by myself, and I honed it in my head, then typed it straight in. THAT was fun!)
I confess, at 10:30pm on Thursday night, with no idea and not one word written, I was wondering if I was going to stumble and fail. (It was similar to the panic I felt on Day One, actually.) Oddly enough, the story that grew from that has been drawing me back all day today – a good sign, but a distraction when I’m trying to write a new story – and a rhyming story at that.
Today’s story has tricky internal rhymes that have made for fiddle factor – but I think I’ve got the structure and scheme sorted now. It’s quite silly and fun, and I think an illustrator would have fun with it.
Last year during NaPiBoWriWee I wrote my first non-rhyming PB in years. (In fact, I wrote 2 non-rhymers in that week – and they were hard work.) This year I have written four non-rhyming picture books, and I am much more at ease within the genre. Though I did enjoy writing my two rhymers.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring…
Happy writing for all those who are wrapping up the challenge!