Give Yourself a Break!

I am having trouble right now bringing myself to the page. In other words, I am having trouble making myself write. My creative juices are definitely not flowing. And then, of course, I feel guilty about not using this slowed down, stay-at-home time to be productive. Sound familiar? I know I am not alone. Many […]

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Minilesson Monday: Mapping the Writing Process

I believe that one of the most valuable tools I use as a writer is understanding my own personal process of creating and revising.   Over the years, I have learned, through trial and error and lots of reflection, what writing strategies and approaches work best for me. As a writing teacher, I wanted my students […]

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Minilesson Monday: First Year Letters Reflection

  The book, First Year Letters, covers Mrs. Hartwell’s first year teaching at a new school. Through her student’s letters, we see their class grow through the year, complete with mistakes, mishaps, learning and growth. The end of the year is a perfect time to look back and reflect. For most of us, mistakes and […]

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Writing Teaches Life

It’s not pots we are forming, it’s ourselves.” –M.C. Richards   I love this quote from M.C. Richards. He is talking about the art of pottery, but it could as easily apply to writing as well. I know that it applies to my own writing. With fiction, as I write about how a character might […]

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Writing Gives the Gift of Wonder

“Every aspect of nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe.”     –Carl Sagan   Out taking a walk the other day, I saw a toddler in that familiar crouch, face close to the ground, studiously examining an ant colony. As a parent, I’ve watched my children become fascinated […]

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Writers Never Quit

The first thing to know about writers is that they don’t give up. Lots of people think that being a writer is easy. I mean, how hard can it be to sit around all day and write stories?   Well, it turns out, pretty darn hard. Stories don’t come together by magic. It takes a lot […]

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The Thrill of Real Life Research

Research is creating new knowledge. –Neil Armstrong I haven’t written a blog post for a while. It’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I always have something to say—just ask my family! The reason I’ve been away is that I’ve been lucky enough to immerse myself in the research for and writing of […]

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