Storing up LIFE to Write About Later

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This week, I have been Frederick. The classic children’s book talks about a mouse who watches all the other mice gather seeds and grains for the winter, storing them away for the cold days. Frederick is a gatherer, too, but he gathers the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feel of summer. When dreary days of ...

3 Ways to Write Through Summer Distractions

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Summer time is inevitably full of stops and starts in our writing. There are vacations, the pull of a sunny day, kids' activities and much more. For me, I'm teaching several professional development classes this summer; local teachers must attend 60 hours of PD/year and often focus on this requirement during the summer. Great work ...

Teens

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I'm going today to a high school English class and writing class to talk about my writing process. It may not come up, but I've been thinking about what advice I would give a teen about becoming a fiction writer. Advice on Becoming a Fiction Writer Essentials First, be a reader. Read widely. (more…)

Joelle Anthony

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by Joelle Anthony The guest post today is by Joelle Anthony, whose first novel will debut in Summer, 2010: Restoring Harmony (Putnam) It’s always sad to me when a writer tells me that they really need to finish their novel so they can get an agent because they’ve been at this for a couple of years and ...

Sky challenge

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Craft Challenges for the Writing Life Whatever you write - novels, poetry, picture books, nonfiction - it's important to keep your craft growing and improving. I take this seriously and find ways to challenge myself. One way has been the Friday Ideas group, which has kept me searching for viable picture book ideas. This year, I'm taking ...