A year or two ago, I declared war on procrastination and told the world that I would write a book. ∙ The good news is that I am about to start and hopefully score a massive victory after years of abject failure. ∙ Actually, what I am...―
In March, students got to know their characters through a series of prompts designed to bring out character traits and personalities. This month, students have the chance to take those same characters and put them into new and unexpected ...―
My writing friend Marie http://marieohalloran.blogspot.ie/ shared a blog with me that runs a 5 sentence fiction challenge each Thursday. A prompt is given and off you go, it is a really good exercise. Find out more by visiting the blog at the...―
I submitted First Spring to the Boston Globe's Horn Book Awards today. It cost me an arm and a leg to get the books there by overnight mail since I didn't learn about the contest until yesterday. The awards have been handed out since 1967 for...―
Yesterday after church, I was at a farewell gathering. While I was waiting for my turn to say goodbye, a fellow walked up to me and told me his daughter was here and she is a budding author. I couldn't resist the opportunity to cheer her on. Her ...―
Some people write wonderful texts in an inspired moment. Are you one of them? So you act like artists do. They lock themselves in their own world for some time, work very intensively without much thinking or planning and they create outstanding...―
When I was growing up, there were a few things that Mom told my sisters and me not to do. ∙ Like, for instance ∙ No tattling and whining. ∙ No writing on interior trim. I confess to scribbling on my windowsill once. Okay, ...―
Today’s post is our 36th Author Interview, with some of our writers still working on their first book and some with many books to their credit—ranging in age from their teens to their seventies. In fact, John is the person who edged the age ...―
At a recent writing meeting a discussion started up about characters names and the influence if any they have on a story. It got me thinking on how important the right name is. Think back to when, if you have children and it was time to choose ...―
How much of real life makes it into your writing? ∙ For fiction, do you: ∙ Choose character traits or physical features from people you interact with or know? ∙ Form settings based on where you've lived or visited? ∙...―
There’s more to being creative than creativity. When I was told that this month’s Word Carnival topic was going to be creativity I rejoiced. After all, who would know better than a writer or other creative professional about this stuff...―
Who would have thought a meal can be made out of a simple baked potato then topped with a ...
For the most part, I enjoy clean, healthy eating. I try to stay away from frozen foods and ...
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