• 3 Ways to Show Don’t Tell

    Permalink

    Classic advice to beginning fiction writers: Show, Don't Tell. I taught several sessions to teachers last week and they all nodded. Great advice. But how do you DO that in practical terms? How do you teach students to Show, Don't Tell? Show, Don't Tell: Why? In the old days of storytelling, it was fine to just say ...

  • Are You Being a Lazy Writer? Stop it!

    Permalink

    I've been reading a lot of manuscripts lately and finding some common problems. Matching up writing and audience One problem is matching up the story with the audience. For example, ABC stories are perfect for kindergarten and first graders. An ABC book for sixth graders would be rather pointless. On the other end of the scale, ...

  • 5 Ramblings for 2017

    Permalink

    Today is a series of rambles, comments on a variety of things. Why do we keep on writing? I ask myself this at least monthly, if not weekly and daily. Why? And there are many answers. Because there's a story to finish. Because there are readers to please. Because I can't NOT write. Putting words into print seems to ...

  • 2017 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

    Permalink

    LITTLE ROCK, AR – December 13, 2016 — For 100 days in 2012, a Johnson jumping spider (Phiddipus johnsonii) circled Earth while aboard the International Space Station. She circled the Earth 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles. When author Darcy Pattison heard the story, she researched and wrote a children’s picture book, Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: ...