#NaPiBoWriWee After Party

Just like last year, #NaPiBoWriWee had a “blink and you will miss it vibe”. The daily writing task coupled with Twitter conversations and Paula Yoo’s excellent blog posts made this week blow by. And I don’t want it to end. Do you?

You see, I have these six (yes, six, I fell one short this year) rough drafts that need sharpening. Just like yours (although you have seven, right?). Care to join me in a #NaPiBoWriWee online after party crit group?

I’m looking for a handful of other writers to step up and join me for some crit work. Please comment below if you’re interested and we can begin to get it all sorted out.

I had a interesting run of stories. I usually write very boy-centric stuff, but this year they were all over the place. A fable, daredevil squirrels, rhyme, and one I would characterize as a “gramma story”. That is, gramma’s would it buy for their grandkids. I wonder if you can tell from the working titles:

  1. The Big, Big, Super-Sized, Extra-Large Sweater
  2. Milo McChew & The Donut for Two
  3. Chickadee, Chicka-doo
  4. Squirrels Are Made from Danger
  5. Roz Wellington, Girl Believer
  6. The Glasshopper

Roz Wellington is my favorite. She started as a character sketch a couple of years ago, but I never wrote about her until this week. I like her and her story. She’s got spunk. Don’t you want to meet her? (Wait, am I coming across as too needy? I should totally be cooler about this. I’m just not that cool).

As always, huge thanks to Paula Yoo for making this happen. It’s a real treat to be part of this little picture book community. I’ve made great writer friends and find daily inspiration from many of you (but not all of you – really, you have to step up your game. I kid.) I can’t wait to meet some of you in person in Fitchburg next week or L.A. this summer.

Even if you don’t join my #NaPiBoWriWee After Party.


    • Jim says:

      Thanks, Catherine. I have a good local crit group that I meet monthly. I was looking to keep our #NaPiBoWriWee community going.

      Is your group online? I’d like to hear how you work that.

  1. Hey Jim Hill,

    I’d love to trade a manuscript or two. I only fully completed two this NaPiBoWriWee, but I have others languishing.

    Let us know how you’d like to proceed.

    • Jim says:

      Hi Julie! Two is plenty. I’m wrapped up with prep for the NESCBWI conference this week. Next week I’ll send out email to all interested parties and we can figure out our next steps.

      Some of my first drafts are more like .7 drafts. Captured the idea, but they definitely need work before they’re ready to share. It’s all good and we’ll work it out.

  2. Dana Carey says:

    Congrats, Jim. Your book titles are a lot of fun. I especially like Chickadee, Chicka-doo. I wish I had thought of that— love those birds! Would love to read the story someday…

    • Jim says:

      I have to give proper credit to my 3 year old for that title. He’s hit the rhyming stage and we were watching our bird feeder together.

      Those little chickadees have it tough with all the squirrels and blue jays!

  3. KatApel says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’m coming in late, because I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have with my crazy-hectic new routines. But I think I see a pattern happening… I might not be able to do a swap on all the MSs, but I’d love to participate in some way.

    And now, I’m off to re-start the editing process. 🙂

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