on The Creative Penn: Some people are naturally funnier than others, and the same is true of writers. But there are things you can learn to increase the comic potential of your writing. For the last 20 years, I’ve been trying to write funny stuff – radio sketches, humorous columns and articles, humorous short stories […]
Writing is not easy. If you have ever found yourself forcing out a few words while listening to a crowd of negative voices in your head or staring miserably at 1567 words you wrote yesterday, which now sound like nonsense, you will understand. Social media doesn’t help. There are days when it feels like everyone […]
I am hoping this blog post will make you wrap up your writing dream in bubble wrap paper, place it in a sturdy box, write FRAGILE all over it and store in a safe place. We all start our writing journey clutching a big, colourful and exciting writing dream. ‘I want to write something that […]
Originally posted on yadadarcyyada: There’s a lot of noise out there about how to write a bestseller. Why don’t we break it down. Let’s simplify the process and get you to bestseller status in 3 days or less! 1. Write a book. Use as many words as you think you need. Plots are plots (it’s…
I can happily promote a blog post, but the idea of shouting about a book that I have written SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME! Below is me in cat form being told I will need to promote my book. Book promotion feels like a different ball game to me. Now, before I begin this […]
on Jane Friedman site: I hadn’t heard of plotting versus pantsing when I wrote my first two novels—and I didn’t know much about planning at all. For those who haven’t heard of plotting versus pantsing, it refers to one group of writers who prefer to plan first then write, as opposed to a second group […]
In Part 2, I shared worrisome statistics about children who enter school excited to learn to read, and the dramatic drop-off when they are not exposed to books and hearing words. I talked about the next step, engaging children in both conversation and thinking – writing picture stories.
There is proof in the pudding down the road. Language, literacy and storytelling makes a difference, and not just with children. Well, there’s more. Adults. That proof is in the high quality of Cuban cigars. It’s a great story, one of my favorites.
Reading aloud never gets old. It weathers time and generations. For adults, when we are read to, we listen, think and feel. And, we have to stretch our brain. When we only hear the words it sharpens our mind, and our performance is much better.
The Cuban cigar industry understood this. That’s why they make…
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