Feeding Your Flame (Student Writing Activity)

February 13, 2018

Last week’s Will Smith video response activity was a success. I decided to try it again with another of his Instagram videos. This one has a few harsh phrases or words that might not be appropriate for your classroom (please watch it before [Keep Reading]

Find the Spark and Write

November 5, 2017

Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction by Denise Jaden Denise Jaden explores the concept of inspiration in her latest book, Story Sparks. She gives practical advice on finding story ideas in everyday [Keep Reading]

The Kick-Ass Writer

April 8, 2016

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig This is a book for writers who don’t have time to read a book for writers. You can dive in and out of the book with ease. If you want [Keep Reading]

Great Advice on Becoming a How-To Writer

March 17, 2016

How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit by Robert W. Bly Here are a few of the notes I took while reading this book . . . A how-to writer is a teacher in print. However, instead of teaching in a classroom, the how-to wroter [Keep Reading]

The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue

July 13, 2015

The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue by John Hough, Jr. As a teacher, I keep coming across posters that declare, “Said is Dead!” To me, these alternatives are just lazy. A good writer doesn’t need them. Said says it all. [Keep Reading]

Come on Writers, Use Your Wild Voice!

April 9, 2015

Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness by Judy Reeves I love the subtitle of this book, “Writing from Your Authentic Wildness” and I really want to see exactly what that entails. Part of me had to put away the actual title [Keep Reading]
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