Thursday, May 5, 2011

NaPiBoWriWee Day Four

Okay, I wrote a book about one of Ivy's barn cats. He has an attitude down at the barn. Like he's the head honcho and can't be bothered by his two sisters and brother. So I decided it was time to bring him down a notch. Er, in the book. :-) CHARLIE, the BLACK CAT is my little title. It was fun to write.

Writing picture books requires one to use as many different words as possible. Fun words. Action verbs. These days they like the word count under five-hundred words. Quacker is seven-hundred words, but he needed every one of those words to have his story told.

Every picture book has three things in common. Some kind of trouble, the child/animal must solve the trouble without an adult's assistance, and NO PREACHING. And. These stories must have a lasting quality. Today, tomorrow, and forever.

All writers have to remember who we are writing for. Besides ourselves. The children. For me at least.

So send more chocolate for today. And cake too. :-) Three days left. And I'll have seven not stinko first drafts. :-)


  1. Robyn! Today, you get girl-scout cookies. Thin mints.

  2. Oh, I have leftover b-day cake. It's icecream, but I'll put it in a freezer bag and mail it off right now.
    Enjoy the writing days - and cake!

  3. Leftover birthday cake with green icing for you - well done!

  4. It looks like you've stayed busy while I've been away from bloggy land. Good girl!! :-0

  5. LOL. This is hilarious. But I get you. Animals really do have a personality all of their own, don't they?

  6. How many days left?
    Enjoy the sweet treats!

  7. I made some great triple-layer brownies for my daughter to take to her track team dinner last night, and she never came home and got them before going to the dinner, so now I have this huge tray of brownies in my kitchen. Darn! :) Good luck with NaPiBoWriWee!

  8. Chocolate and cake for you! Good luck!

  9. Death by chocolate cake is on the way!

    I love kitty fur persons. Cats are so independent. They sleep in odd places.

    Your Charlie The Black Cat story sounds fun.

    Good job.

  10. you and me and tons of chocolate...we could handle that challenge!!

    The story sounds like a great one!!


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