Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Making Books and Wet Noodles

We're writing stories lately.
I signed up for two crazy writing regimens:

Paula Yoo's NaPiBoWriWee asks participants to write 7 picture books in 7 days to celebrate National Picture Book Writing Week.
(I know, I know; yeah right!)

Story A Day directs writers to come up with a story draft daily throughout the month of May.

These challenges are shaking loose the cobwebs so I can
fumble past my perfectionism,
throw those wet spaghetti noodle ideas to the ceiling
and see if they stick
every day for a month.

Join me if you want a brain boost!

The girls wanted to make their own books,
so they visited Little Red Riding Hood.

It feels good to fill thick notebooks with uncooked noodles and
mushy ones.
My hope for the end of May?
Maybe one or two strands of perfectly al dente spaghetti.

Even if no brilliant story comes out of it, I've gained one great thing.
I'm waking up forty-five minutes earlier each day to write.
Let's hope that noodle sticks.


Jen said...

How fun!!! I love the pictures, and the stories are great, I love that your little girls wanted to join in on the fun! Makes it that much more adorable!

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Reminds me of Jack Prelutsky singing, "Spaghetti, spaghetti, I can't get enough..." And I like your analogy. I will try to focus all my energies on finding the perfect spaghetti of great price. The Noodle of El Dorado.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

How great for you and your girls! I love it.

I have an award for you today, Faith! Have a great weekend. :-)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Arnold, of "I'll be back" fame, whose last name is beyond my weary mind's grasp to spell correctly, as a young man made it a habit to awaken 45 minutes early every day.

And for six months, he would study different subjects that he wanted to know more about : accounting, history, economics, or whatever area in which he felt he needed to grow.

I thought it a good habit and have since followed it, though I did it by staying awake 45 minutes more and doing the studying.

I wish you growth in your dreams and increasing happiness with your children, Roland

Faith Pray said...

Thanks Roland! I think my sleep clock has already switched over, which is great. Fascinating about Arnold's study habits.

Shannon, thank you for the award!

Richard, I'm sending El Dorado Noodle vibes your way.

Jen, thank you! Anything that helps keep the writing juice flowing, right?

Anonymous said...

I'm happy for you! Letting go of pefection and just writing is so freeing. I started doing something similar by waking early daily and writing morning pages-3 pages of unedited writing. If I miss a day, I miss it. My morning writing is welcoming addiction.

Jay said...

That sounds so much fun. It's so nice to know that kids would love to participate in those kind of event.
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